Clowesia glaucoglossa (Rchb.f.) Dodson 1975

Plant and Flowers Photo By Ed Merkle and Merkles Orcids Website

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Common Name The Glaucous Tongued Clowesia

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Michoacan Mexico on palms in savannahs often in association with ants nests at elevations of 520 to 1200 meters as a giant sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with clustered, 7 to 11 internoded, globose to ovoid pseudobulbs enveloped in youth by leaf bearing sheaths each carrying 7 to 11 distichous, deciduous, plicate, narrowly linear-oblanceolate to elliptic-oblanceolate, acuminate, longly attenuate and canaliculate base leaves that blooms in the late spring and early summer arising on a newly arising pseudobulb, pendulous, 10 to 15.2" [25 to 38 cm] long, racemose, fairly dense, 9 to 25 flowered inflorescence with amplexicaul, triangular, acuminate, greenish white floral bracts and carrying semi-closed flowers.

Synonyms *Catasetum glaucoglossum Rchb.f. 1885

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VI 97 - 114 Hoehne 1942 as Catasetum glaucoglossum; Orchid Digest Vol 42 No 3 1978 photo fide; Die Orchideen lieferung 24 Schlechter/Brieger 1991; Icones Orchidacearum 6-6 Plate 539 Hagsater & Soto 2003 drawing fide

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