Catasetum discolor

Catasetum discolor male
Male flowers

Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Asparagales
Subfamily: Epidendroideae
Tribe: Cymbidieae
SubTribe: Catasetinae
Genus: Catasetum
Species: Ctsm. discolor
Binomial name
Catasetum discolor
(Lindl.) Lindl. 1834

Catasetum discolor is a species of Catasetum found in South America.


Plant blooms in the late fall to winter with several flowers. Flowers are 3.75 cm wide and fragrant.


Plant is found growing on low trees, under bushes, and in rocky soil in Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Surinam, French Guiana and northern and eastern Brazil at elevations of 500 to 1100 meters


Grow in warm conditions with partially bright light. Water regularly during growing season and when plants drop leaves during dormancy reduce watering. During dormancy only water about twice a month to keep pseudobulbs from shriveling. Resume watering normally when new growths occur in spring. Plants can die easily from over watering. Plants are usually grown in bark with perlite, cork, full sphagnum moss, and tree fern


Common name: The Differently Colored Catasetum


  1. Catasetum cassideum Linden & Rchb. f. 1873
  2. Catasetum ciliatum Barb.Rodr. 1877
  3. Catasetum claesianum L. Linden & Cogn. 1893
  4. Catasetum roseo-album (Hook.) Lindl. 1840
  5. Monachanthus bushnani Hook. 1840
  6. Monachanthus discolor Lindl. 1834
  7. Monachanthus discolor var. bushnani Hook.
  8. Monachanthus discolor var. viridiflorus Hook.
  9. Monachanthus roseo-albus Hook. 1840