Catasetum pileatum is the national flower of Venezuela. This species can also be found in Columbia, and Ecuador. The pure white to slightly yellow flowers are very waxy, and fragrant. The cluster of 3 to 5 inch flowers are borne on a spike, which arises from the base of the bulbous psuedobulb. The lip is always large and fringed (fimbriated). In older flowers the lip occassionally will recurve backwards. Typical Catasetum culture suits this species well. Ctsm. pileatum grows well in bright diffused light, with warm nights, and regular fertilizing during the growing season. Urea free fertilizers and/or fish emulsion fertilizers are recommended. This species is deciduous, with leaf fall occuring in the late fall. Withhold water until new roots are seen growing into the potting media.