Catasetum spitzii Hoehne 1941SUBGENUS Catasetum SECTION Isoceras SUBSECTION Divaricatae Photo by Orquidario Cuiaba and Orquidario Cuiaba Website

Another Color form Photo by Dalton Holland Baptista and Orchidstudium

Inflorescence Photo by Gustavo Coral

Female Flower Photo by Lourens Grobler.

Common Name Spitz's Catasetum [Brazilian Orchid Enthusiast 1900's]

Flower Size 2.4 to 2.8" [6 to 7 cm]

Found in Brazil and Bolivia at elevations up to 800 meters in subtropical forests as a medium sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with short, fusiform pseudobulbs carrying several, plicate, narrowly elliptic, acute leaves that blooms in the fall on a newly developing pseudobulb with a basal, 16" long [40 cm], horizontal, several to many [11 to 35] flowered inflorescence carrying color and size variable flowers.

This plant needs a decided rest after leaf fall and should get little or no water or fertilizer until new growth appears.

Synonyms Catasetum spitzii f. album (L.C.Menezes) F.Barros & J.A.N.Bat. 2004; Catasetum spitzii var. album L.C.Menezes 1997; Catasetum spitzii var. roseum L.C.Menezes 1997; Catasetum spitzii var. sanguineum L.C.Menezes 1997

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VI Hoehne 1942 drawing fide; Orchidaceae Brasilienses Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Series II Orchids of Bolivia plate 0310 Dodson & Vasquez 1989 drawing fide; Die Orchideen lieferung 26 Schlechter/Brieger 1992; Orchids of Brazil McQueen 1993 photo fide; The World Of Catasetum Holtz 1999 photo fide; Boletim CAOB #48 2003; Orchids of The Brazilian Central Plateua Menezes 2004 photo fide

Catasetum spitzii f. album (L.C.Menezes) F.Barros & J.A.N.Bat. 2004 Photo courtesy of Robson Carvalho

An alba variety of the previous species.

SynonymsCatasetum spitzii var. album L.C.Menezes 1997

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of The Brazilian Central Plateua Menezes 2004 photo fide

Catasetum spitzii var. sanguineum L.C.Menezes 1997 Photo by anon

A red colored variety of the previous species.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of The Brazilian Central Plateua Menezes 2004 photo fide

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