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Catasetum planiceps

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    Default Catasetum planiceps

    catasetum planiceps, spiek is upright and most commonly mistaken for a female spike of other catasetums to one that is not familiar with catasetums. another catasetum that is commonly mistaken for a planiceps is its natural hybrid, Catasetum xwendlingeri (pileatumxplaniceps)
    in the third pic, you can see the anternna of the this catasetum, indicating a male flower. this is a large catasetum with a very long erected spike. mine is 52.1cm and i believe mine is only a teenager planiceps.
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    What interesting orchids!

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    Sorry Ian - you know I love all your catasetums but can't bring myself to like this one. That upright spike is vey 'uncatasetum-like'. Nice shots!

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    Interesting. sorry for my ignorance, is it still in bud? or that's already its flower?

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    Quote Originally Posted by catttan View Post
    Sorry Ian - you know I love all your catasetums but can't bring myself to like this one. That upright spike is vey 'uncatasetum-like'. Nice shots!
    hahahahahhaaaa,,,,it's ok. i got a few friend who couldn't bring themselves to like this particular one as well. but my favorite catasetums are those green hooded or helmet shape of catasetums. =D


    Quote Originally Posted by chingjervis View Post
    Interesting. sorry for my ignorance, is it still in bud? or that's already its flower?
    it's ok, this particular species caused quite a lot of confusion as well, for when i got this plant, it was sold to me as female flower of another species. this flower is considered full bloom, the lateral sepals and petals are tightly clasped against the hood. if you happens to find one with the lateral sepals that are widely open with similar hood (with trigger inside), most likely you are looking at a wendlingeri

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    these are the ones that always make me wonder "WHY???" but it is a very interesting thing. so alien looking. like "little shop of horrors" type thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coeruleo View Post
    these are the ones that always make me wonder "WHY???" but it is a very interesting thing. so alien looking. like "little shop of horrors" type thing.
    hahahaha .... well, i just stock up a couple of horrors last year and i hope they would bloom in a year or two. more hooded aliens on the way. =D

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    cool. I'm always amazed at mother natures designs

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    I agree....great pics. But not only an upright spike but an "uptight" looking spike, LOL (for Catasetums). Nevertheless, there's beauty in every flower.

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    Such weird (in a good way) orchid blooms. Cool!

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