Catasetum pileatum

Catasetum pileatum
Male flowers
Catasetum pileatum female
Female flowers

Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Asparagales
Subfamily: Epidendroideae
Tribe: Cymbidieae
SubTribe: Catasetinae
Genus: Catasetum
Species: Ctsm. pileatum
Binomial name
Catasetum pileatum
Rchb.f 1882

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


Plant blooms from spring to fall with several 10 cm flowers. Catasetum pileatum was the national flower of Venezuela until 1921 when it was replaced by Cattlaya mossiae.


Plant is found growing in the lowland forest of Venezuela, Colombia, and Ecuador.


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


Catasetum pileatum 'Pierre Couret' Catasetum pileatum 'Pierre Couret' Sepals and petals are red. Lip is red.
Catasetum pileatum album Catasetum pileatum f. album Sepals and petals are white. Lip is white.
Catasetum pileatum 'Jumbo Green Gold' Catasetum pileatum 'Jumbo Green Gold' Sepals and petals are white. Lip is green.
Catasetum pileatum 'Metro' Catasetum pileatum 'Metro' Sepals and petals are green. Lip is white with red.


Common name: The Felt-Capped Catasetum


  1. Catasetum bungerothii N.E.Br 1886