Catasetum rolfeanum Mansf. 1928 SUBGENUS CatasetumSECTION Isoceras Photo by Patricia Harding


Common Name or Meaning Rolfe's Catasetum [English Taxomonist at Kew 1855-21]

Flower Size 1.5" [3.75 cm]

Found in the northwestern Amazon basin often in Para' state of Brazil in typical Amazonian grasslands with some woody vegetation and in swamp thickets in seasonally flooded forests as a medium sized, hot growing epiphyte that needs a short rest period after blooming and has fusiform, slightly compressed pseudobulbs carrying leaflike sheaths and lanceolate, medium to dark green leaves and blooms in the early spring on a male, arching, to 22" [55 cm] long inflorescence arising on a newly forming pseudobulb carrying up to 20 flowers.

Synonyms Catasetum stenochilum Kraenzlin 1929

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VI Hoehne 1942 drawing fide; Orchidaceae Brasilensis Pabst & Dungs 1976; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 26 1584 - 1648 Brieger 1992; The World Of Catasetum Holtz 1999 drawing fide/photo not = C rondonense fide; Orchid Digest Vol 80 #4 2016 photo fide;