Clowesia thylaciochila

Clowesia thylaciochila (0)

Clowesia thylaciochila

 

Here is a really special and rare offering. This seldom-seen Clowesia species has a name that is a bit complicated to pronounce: thylaciochila (thigh-lass-see-OH-kye-lah). It is native to Mexico, growing along the Pacific coastline in the states of Jalisco, Colima, Michoacán, Guerrero and Oaxaca. I spent years trying to source this species, but it was elusive. Finally, I was lucky enough to locate some plants, and they have grown into impressive specimens. Flowers are produced in late June with the developing new growths, making them the first Clowesia species of the year to flower. Flower production is incredible: hundreds of light green flowers with darker green stripes cascade over and cover all sides of the hanging baskets. And the fragrance is amazing! The whole growing area becomes infused with it. Very rare and not to be missed!  (Photo and description care of Fred Clarke of Sunset Valley Orchids)

 

The image far right is from Sunset Valley Orchids and most likely is not this particular plant or it's parents.  However it is representative of how magniificant these orchids can become at maturity.    

 

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