Catasetum longifolium Lindl. 1839 SUBGENUS Pseudocatasetum

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Common Name or Meaning The Long Leafed Catasetum

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in French Guiana, Guyana, Surianm, Venezuela, Peru and northern Brazil on trees on banks of slow moving rivers and streams at elevations of 100 to 700 meters as a large sized, pendant and hot to warm growing epiphyte with fusiform, cylindrical, slightly compressed pseudobulbs carrying linear-ligulate, 3 nerved, plicate, acute leaves that blooms in the spring as the new growths arise on a basal, pendent, 10 to 15" [20 to 30 cm] long, to 20 flowered inflorescence arising on a just maturing pseudobulb with mostly male flowers but the basal few may be female with the ones in between being hermaphroditic.

Synonyms Monachanthus longifolius (Lindl.) Lindl. 1840

References Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Refugium Botanicum Reichenbach 1869 drawing fide; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VI Hoehne 1942 drawings fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 6 Dunsterville & Garay 1976 drawing fide; Flora de Venezuela Volumen XV Part 4 Foldats 1970 drawing fide; Orchidaceae Brasilenses Band 2 Pabst & Dungs 1977 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 49 No 1 1980 drawing/photo fide; The Orchids of Surinam Werkhoven 1986 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 56 No 5 1987 photo fide; Orchids of Venezuela Dunsterville 1987 drawingphoto fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 26 1584 - 1648 Brieger 1992 photo fide; The World of Catasetum Holst 1999 drawing good/photo fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 1 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003 drawing ok; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Orquideas del Peru Freuler 2010 photo fide; Orquideas de Roirama Luz & Franco 2012 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 80 #4 2016 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 88 #10 2019 drawing fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 drawing/photo fide