Catasetum pileatum

The species was described by H. G. Reichenbach in 1882 in the Gardeners' Chronicle. Until 1921 this species was Venezuela's national flower. The Latin name refers to the adjective pileatus or "with a cap", in apparent reference to the hood over the broad lip formed by the carriage of the dorsal sepal and petals. Catasetum pileatum is a lowland species where it occurs as an epiphyte. The species is adapted to hot, humid rainforest with only a short dry winter season and this is one species that may not go completely dormant for any period of time. Temperatures range from a maximum of 30C (86F) to a minimum of 15C (59F) and humidity is high at night even in the dry season. While actively growing, plants should be given as much water, warmth and humidity they will tolerate without damage to the foliage and ample fertilizer. These plants are heavy feeders and the goal is to produce the largest pseudobulbs as possible by the onset of late summer. After flowering and when leaves fall, the plants should be kept dry with high humidity and warm temperatures until the newly developing growths have roots about an inch long.  On offer the orchid is growing in 50 mm tube, sizes may vary.
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Catasetum pileatum

Catasetum pileatum

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Catasetum pileatum

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