Catasetum spittlerae Jenny 2015

Female Flower

Photos by Susi Spittler


Common Name Spittler's Catasetum [Susi Spittler Peruvian Orchid Enthusiast and cultivator of the type current]

Flower Size 4" [10 cm]

Found in San Martin department of Peru at eelvations around 1500 meters as a medium sized, cool growing epiphyte with fusiform, swollen several noded pseudobulbs enveloped by fugacious leaf sheths and carrying 5 to 8, thin, deciduous, plicate, elliptic-lanceolate, acute, prominently veined beneath,, gradually narrowing below into the petioalte base leaves that blooms in the winter on a basal, or on the first 2 internodes of the pseudobulb, erect to arching, to 16" [40 cm] long, to 8 flowered male inflorescence with narrow, triangular, acute floral bracts. The female inflorescence is erect, to 12" [30 cm] long, thicker than the male inflorescnece, 3 to 5 flowered inflorescence carrying non-resupinate, pistillate flowers.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *AOS Bulletin Vol 84 #3 2015 photo/drawing fide;