Catasetum viridiflavum Hook. 1843 SUBGENUS Catasetum SECTION Catasetum

Photo by Eric Hunt plant grown by OrchidMania

Female Flower

Photo by F M Santos and her Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Part SunHotSummer

Common Name The Green Yellow Catasetum

Flower Size 2 1/4" [5.8 cm]

Found in Honduras, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru at lower elevations as a large sized, hot growing epiphyte with slightly compressed, fusiform, clustered pseudobulbs that are completely enveloped by basal leaf sheaths when young and become papery with age carrying deciduous, linear-lanceolate, plicate leaves that blooms in the summer with a many flowered, 13" [33 cm] long, racemose inflorescence.

This species is often found in conjunction with ants and may actually benefit from their presence.

Synonyms Catasetum serratum Lindl. 1847

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VI Hoehne 1942 drawing fide to the first photo; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 6 1958; AOS Bulletin Vol 29 No 8 1960 photo fide; Orchidaceae Brasilienses Pabst & Dungs 1975; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 26 1584 - 1648 Brieger 1992 drawing fide; The World of Catasetum Holst 1999 photo fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 COS 1994 photo fide; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; An Illustrated Encylclopedia of Orchids Pridgeon 1982; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 photo good; AOS Bulletin Vol 73 No 8 2004; Orquideas de la Serrania del Baudo Misas Urreta 2006 drawing/photo fide for 1st photo only, all others have smaller cowl with round opening?; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 drawing/photo fide