Catasetum sanguineum Lindley & Paxton 1851-2 SUBGENUS Catasetum SECTION Isoceras SUBSECTION Convergentes

Photos by Danny Lentz plant grown by the Atlanta Botanical Gardench

Another Color Form

Photo by JEM Orchids

Female flower form with male pollina, Hermaphroditic

Photo by Jay Pfahl

Female flower

Photo by Weyman Bussey, plant grown by Judy Carney


Common Name The Red Catasetum

Flower Size 1 3/4" [4 cm]

A medium sized, warm to hot growing epiphytic species found from Colombia and Venezuela at elevations below 800 meters in tropical lowlands with a protracted dry season. The plant has fusiform to conical, 4 noded, slightly rugose pseudobulbs subtended by scarious sheaths becoming leaf bearing sheaths above and carrying 2 apical, plicate, narrowly elliptical leaves and blooms from the spring through fall on a basal, 12 [30 cm] long, racemose, erect to pendant, many flowered inflorescence arising on a newly mature pseudobulb carrying fragrant flowers and requires light to moderate shade.

Very similar to C naso but differs in the much larger, in all aspects, protruding nose above the apex of the midlobe of the lip among other characteristics

Synonyms Catasetum naso var. pictum T. Moore 1857; Catasetum naso var. viride T. Moore 1857; Myanthus sanguineus Linden ?; Catasetum sanguineum var. integrale Rchb.f. 1887; Catasetum sanguineum var. viride (T.Moore) Jenny 1998

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VI Hoehne 1942 drawing ok; Venezuelan Orchids Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1961 drawing [all but top left drawing] fide; Flora de Venezuela Volumen XV Part 4 Foldats 1970 drawing fide; The Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 1 Dunsterville and Garay 1979 drawing [all but top left] fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 49 NO 1 1980 photo fide; An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Orchids Pridgeon 1982; AOS Bulletin Vol 55 No 6 1986 drawing fide; Botanica's Orchids Laurel Glen 2002; AOS Bulletin Vol 55 No 6 1986 drawing; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 26 1584 - 1648 Brieger 1992; Native Orchids Of Colombia Vol 5 COS 1994 photo fide; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; The World Of Catasetum Holtz 1999 drawing/photo fide;; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 1 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 78 No 5 2009 photo fide; AOS Bulletin vol 78 No 11 2009 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 74 #2 2010 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 84 #8 2015 photo fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 drawing/photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 80 #4 2016 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 80 #4 2016 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #11 2016 photo fide;

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