Cata·​se·​tum | \ ˌkatəˈsētəm \

Definition of Catasetum

: a genus of tropical American orchids having globose expanded flowers in racemes and the column provided with a sensitive appendage that when touched releases the pollen suddenly from the stamens — see jumping orchid

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History and Etymology for Catasetum

New Latin, from cata- + Latin seta, saeta bristle + New Latin -um; from the appendages of the column

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“Catasetum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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