Catasetum macroglossum Rchb.f 1877 SUBGENUS Catasetum SECTION Catasetum


Photos by Danny Lentz plant grown by the Atlanta Botanical Garden


Common Name The Large-Lipped Catasetum

Flower Size 2 to 2 1/2" [6 cm]

Found in Ecuador, Venezuela, Colombia and Peru on palms and dead deciduous tree limbs in wet tropical forests with a definite dry season at altitudes of 30 to 600 meters as a medium sized, hot to warm growing, caespitose epiphyte with fusiform pseudobulbs enveloped by foliaceous sheaths and narrowly oblong-lanceolate acuminate, thin leaves and blooms in the summer and fall in cultivation and late fall and early winter in nature on a basal, erect to horizontal, 12" [30 cm] long, subumbelliform, several flowered, racemose inflorescence arising on a newly formed, mature pseudobulb.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen der Sudamerikanischen Kordillerenstaaten III Ecuador Schlechter 1921 as C sodiroi; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VI Hoehne 1942; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 2 1958 photo fide; Venezuelan Orchids Vol 4 Dunsterville & Garay 1966; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 018 Dodson 1980 drawing fide; Orchids from The Coast Of Ecuador Arosemana, Jurado, Estrada and Konanz 1988 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 010 Bennet & Christenson 1993 drawing fide; The World Of Catasetum Holtz 1999 photo fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 1 Dodson 1993 drawing/photo fide; Flora Of Ecuador # 76 225[2] Dodson & Luer 2005; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Las Orquideas del Peru Izerskyy & Bezverhov 2011 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 80 #4 2016 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 87 #10 2018 photo fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 photo fide