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Orchid Species: Catasetum hymenophorum

Kew currently accepted name is Catasetum planiceps
Catasetum hymenophorum is an orchid species identified by Cogn. in 1895.
Catasetum (Ctsm.)
ORIGIN: Found in Venezuela, the Guyanas, Surinam, Peru and northern Brazil in lowland forests and on the lower slopes of coastal mountain ranges at elevations of 100 to 700 meters.

DESCRIPTION: Large sized, hot to warm growing lithophyte on rocks or terrestrial on the ground yet does well in cultivation with conventional mixes, with fusiform, some slightly curved pseudobulbs enveloped basally by whitish, papery sheaths and carrying 7 to 8, elliptic-lanceolate, medium green, plicate with 3 prominent veins, obtuse leaves that blooms in the spring and summer on an erect, 10 to 30 [25.5 to 75 cm] long few flowered inflorescence arising on a newly arising pseudobulb with a pedicel that is bent downward at the rachis.

FLOWER SIZE: 2 inches [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 planiceps 1843 Lindl.
Add+ Catasetum Ctsm sodiroi 1921 Schltr.
Add+ Catasetum Ctsm chloranthum 1894 Cogn.
Most awarded/recent cultivars: Ctsm. planiceps 'Orquiven' (1999) Ctsm. planiceps 'Woodbridge' (1997)
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