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Catasetum expansansum var. yellow spotted

Catasetum expansansum var. yellow spotted

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Introducing the captivating Catasetum expansansum var. yellow spotted, also known as the Expansive Catasetum. This remarkable orchid is endemic to the western regions of Ecuador, specifically found west of the Cerros de Colonche and in the Mira River valley. With its base color displaying a beautiful combination of bronze and yellow, adorned with bold burgundy spots that merge into striking solid patches, this orchid truly catches the eye. Adding to its allure is a contrasting white lip, creating a visually stunning composition.

Thriving in dry forests at elevations ranging from 65 to 4920 feet (20 to 1500 meters), this epiphytic species exhibits a unique life form. During the day, it emits a fragrance reminiscent of turpentine, while at night, a delightful scent resembling freshly baked rye bread fills the air. Catasetum expansansum experiences a period of dormancy during winter, allowing it to rest and prepare for its spectacular blooms.

When in bloom, the erect to arching inflorescence of the Expansive Catasetum reaches up to 12 inches (30 cm) in length. Male plants typically bear 3 to 5 flowers, while female plants produce 5 to 15 cupped flowers. Fascinatingly, these flowers are hermaphroditic, exhibiting both male and female parts. Their size ranges from 3 to 4 inches (7.6 to 10 cm) in diameter and can display various colors, including yellow, green, or mottled with red spots.

Beyond its aesthetic appeal, the Catasetum expansansum var. yellow spotted holds medicinal properties. In coastal areas of Ecuador, its pseudobulbs, along with those of C. macroglosom, are utilized in a folk remedy called "suelda con suelda," meaning "get well with a weld." This remedy is traditionally employed for treating bruises, fractures, and bone pain, showcasing the plant's cultural significance.

With dimensions of 8 to 18 inches in height and 2 to 5 inches in width (20 to 46 x 5 to 13 cm), excluding the inflorescence, this orchid adds a touch of elegance to any collection. In the northern hemisphere, it blooms year-round, reaching its peak in September. Its pollination syndrome is primarily dependent on bees, including species such as Eulaema bomboides, Eulaema cingulata, and Eulaema polychroma.

Notably, Catasetums stand out in the world of orchids due to their distinct reproductive strategy. Featuring separate male and female flowers, the Expansive Catasetum entices orchid bees with its irresistible scent. Once the bee approaches, the flower expels its pollinia, which adheres to the bee. As the bee moves on to a female flower, the pollinia are transferred, facilitating successful pollination.

This is a blooming size in a 4" pot, about 1 to 2 years to bloom, grown from seed, limited!

Delighting orchid enthusiasts with its size and captivating flower variations, the Expansive Catasetum is a botanical treasure that combines beauty and intrigue in a single package.

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