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Clowesia dodsoniana


Common Name: Dodson's Clowesia [American botanist and orchidologist current]

Flower Size: 1.2 to 1.4" [3 to 3.5 cm] long


Found in Mexico in the state of Michoacan in tropical forests at elevations of 100 to 600 meters as a medium sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte or occasional lithophyte with ovoid-sub-conical top elongate, sulcate pseudobulbs carrying imbricate, distichous, elliptic, acuminate, basal ones shorter, middle ones longer, apical ones longest, 3 veined leaves that blooms in the late spring through mid fall on 1 to 3, basal, arising on a new pseudobulb, lateral, pendent, racemose, 7.2 to 15.6" [18 to 39 cm] long, 12 to 30 flowered inflorescence with triangular bracts and lanceolate floral bracts and carrying fragrant flowers.


CAUTION!!!! This species and C thylaciochila have been confused for years. This one differs in the ovoid-sub-conical pseudobulbs, the non-compact inflorescence, the greenish white flowers, the lip that is like a shallow bag, with erect, lateral lobes and the mid-lobe widens apically, the stipe ends in 2 horn-like projections, it flowers from June through October and lastly it occurs at elevations below 600 meters.


Description:  Internet Orchid Species Photo Encyclopedia

Photo (left) of the Cl dodsoniana "Nadia Tavarez" AM/AOS, courtesy Fred Clarke, Sunset Valley Orchids




Photo by Danny Lentz ©, plant grown by the Atlanta Botanical Garden






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 Photo by Danny Lentz ©, plant grown by the Atlanta Botanical Garden






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