Catasetum tigrinum Rchb.f 1881 SUBGENUS Catasetum SECTION Isoceras SUBSECTION Convergentes

Yellow Flower Photo courtesy of JEM Orchids


Common Name The Tiger Striped Catasetum

Flower Size 1 3/4" [4.5 cm]

This is a medium sized, hot growing, Brazilian [Mato Grosso] epiphytic species found in fairly shady situations with fusiform pseudobulbs carrying linear-lanceolate to oblanceolate, plicate leaves that blooms in the late spring and often again in the summer on a basal, arching then pendant, 8" [20 cm] long, racemose, several [12] flowered inflorescence carrying the flowers clustered towards the terminal end.

This species requires shade, high humidity and even hot temperatures with a decided 3 month rest in the winter months.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VI Hoehne 1942 drawing good; Orchidaceae Brasilienses Pabst & Dungs 1975; Orchidaceae Brasilenses Band 2 Pabst & Dungs 1977 as C leopoldi forma labeloide drawing ok; AOS Bulletin vol 53 # 7 1984 as C guttata var leopoldii photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 53 #11 1984 as C guttata var leopoldii photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 26 1584 - 1648 Brieger 1992; The World of Catasetum Holst 1999 photo fide; The World's Most Beautiful Orchids Allikas & Nash 2005 as C leopodii photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 79 #4 2015 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 80 #4 2016 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 88 # 6 2019 photo fide;