Clowesia russelliana [Hooker] Dodson 1975 Photo by Jay Pfahl


Common Name Russell's Clowesia [English Duke of Bedford and Orchid Grower 1800's]

Flower Size 2 1/2" [6.25 cm]

A large sized, warm growing, epiphytic species from Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama and Venezuela found in fairly dry, open forests at elevations of 600 to 1000 meters with ovoid, several noded, grooved with age pseudobulbs mostly enveloped by the sheaths of 6 to 8 plicate, deciduous, suberect, oblanceolate to oblong-oblanceolate, acute leaves that blooms in the summer through fall on a 15" [37.5 cm] long, basal, pendulous, many [15 to 20] flowered inflorescence arising on a mature leafed or leafless pseudobulb with ovate bracts and carries many sweetly fragrant, fleshy flowers.

Synonyms Catasetum calceolatum Lemaire 1851; *Catasetum russelianum Hooker 1840; Cycnoches viride C. Koch 1857

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as Catasetum russelianum; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VI 97 - 114 Hoehne 1942 as Catasetum russelianum drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 30 No 9 1961 as Catasetum russelianum; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as Catsetum russelianum; Venezuelan Orchids Vol 4 Dunsterville & Garay 1966; Flora de Venezuela Volumen XV Part 4 Foldats 1970 as Catasetum russelianum drawing fide; Las Orquedias De El Salvador Hamer 1974 as Catasetum russelianum drawing/photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 42 No 3 1978 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 48 No 7 1979 drawing as Catsetum russelianum; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 636 Dodson 1982 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 52 No 6 1983 photo; Flora Novo-Galaciana Vol 16 McVaugh 1985; An Introdution to the orchids of Mexico Wiard 1987 photo fide; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 26 1584 - 1648 Brieger 1992 drawing/photo fide; The Manual of Cultivated Orchids Bechtel, Cribb, Launert 1992 drawing fide; The World's Most Beautiful Orchids Allikas & Nash 2005 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 6 2006 photo; Icones Orchidacearum fascile 10 plate 1013 Hagsater & Soto 2008 Drawing fide; Guia de Orquideas de Chiapas Carlos Rommel Beutelspacher Baigts 2013 photo fide; Algunas Orquideas de Mexico Tomo 1 Suarez 2013 photo fide