Ctsm. macrocarpum 'Paraiso' photo by Soc. Colombiana de Orquid.

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Orchid Species: Catasetum macrocarpum

(This name is currently accepted by Kew.)

Catasetum macrocarpum is an orchid species identified by Rich. ex Kunth in 1822.
Genus
Catasetum (Ctsm.)
Grex
macrocarpum
(name currently accepted by Kew)
Parents
Species
Author
Rich. ex Kunth
Year
1822
ORIGIN: This large sized, hot to cool growing epiphytic plant is found in Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Surina, French Guiana, Brazil, Argentina as well as Trinidad from sea-level to 1300 meters.

DESCRIPTION: This large sized, hot to cool growing epiphytic plant is found in Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Surina, French Guiana, Brazil, Argentina as well as Trinidad from sea-level to 1300 meters with conical-fusiform pseudobulbs enveloped by several leaf bearing sheaths carrying 5 to 7 oblong-lanceolate, acuminate leaves and is allied to Catasetum maculatum as well as Catasetum intergerrinum. It is the type species for the genus and has the common name of the Monk's Head Orchid. They bloom in the late summer and fall on a basal, erect or arching, 1 1/2' [45 cm] long, racemose inflorescence arising on a mature pseudobulb before leaf fall that has up to 10, fleshy flowers that do not open well and has a fragrance of anise.

FLOWER SIZE: 3 inches [7.5 cm] -- information provided by Jay Pfahl, author of the Internet Orchid Species Encyclopedia (IOSPE).
Other Names
Genus Name Genus Grex Name Year Author
Add+ Catasetum Ctsm claveringii 1829 Lindl. ex Van Geel
Add+ Catasetum Ctsm tridentatum 1824 Hook.
Add+ Monachanthus Monachanthus viridis 1835 M.R.Schomb.
Add+ Catasetum Ctsm claveringi
Add+ Cypripedium Cyp cothurnum 1831 Vell.
Add+ Paphiopedilum Paph cothurnum 1894 (Vell.) Pfitzer
Add+ Catasetum Ctsm floribundum 1825 Hook.
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