Flora of the British West Indian Islands 599. 1864.

Treatment appears in FNA Volume 22.

Herbs, epiphytic, without evident stems. Leaves many-ranked, rosulate; blade linear to triangular, base usually with chalklike bloom, margins entire, appressed-scaly. Inflorescence central, 5–many-flowered, always many-ranked, simple or compound, flowers laxly arranged; floral bracts small, inconspicuous, not obscuring rachis. Flowers bisexual in flora or functionally unisexual; sepals distinct, strongly asymmetric; petals distinct; stamens included, usually in 2 unequal sets, filaments free; ovary superior. Capsules ovoid to ellipsoid, dehiscent. Seeds with light tan to brown, apical, plumose appendage.


Fla., West Indies, Mexico, Central America, South America.


Species 18 (3 in the flora).

Selected References



1 Inflorescence 3–10-flowered, pendent; corolla bright yellow, nocturnal Catopsis nutans
1 Inflorescence 15–50-flowered, erect to pendulous; corolla white, diurnal. > 2
2 Leaves yellow-green, covered with conspicuous, white, chalky powder; floral bracts 6–8 mm Catopsis berteroniana
2 Leaves bright green, not covered with conspicuous, white, chalky powder; floral bracts 4–5 mm Catopsis floribunda