Catasetum pendulum Dodson 1977 SUBGENUS Catasetum SECTION Isoceras Photo by Noble Bashor

TYPE Drawing


Common Name The Pendant Catasetum [refers to the inflorescence]

Flower Size 2 1/4" [5.5 cm]

Nayarit Mex., 61m elev., Near Lazaro Cardena,

A medium sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte found on palms, deciduous oaks, dead and dying trees and stumps in hillsides forest and occasional terrestrial in pine oak mulch below trees in western Mexico at elevations of 60 to 1600 meters with fusiform, slightly curved pseudobulbs enveloped by imbricating, leaf-bearing sheaths and carrying medium green, plicate, oblanceolate, flexible, apically acuminate, long-tapering into the articulate base leaves that blooms on a basal, pendant [female], erect then pendent [male], to 18" [45 cm] long, several [3 to 17] flowered, racemose inflorescence occurring in the summer and fall.

This plant requires a distinct, long rest period from water and fertilizer and can be grown in light to moderate shade.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora Novo-Galaciana Vol 16 McVaugh 1985; Orchid Digest Vol 60 No 2 1996 drawing fide; The World Of Catasetum Holtz 1999 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 80 #4 2016 photo fide;