Clowesia dodsoniana Ag. León 1986

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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.

Synonyms Catasetum dodsonianum (E.Aguirre) P.F.Hunt, Orchid Rev. 106(1220): 126 (1998

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *ORQUIDEA (Méx. ) 10 (1) Leon ABRIL 1986 drawing/photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 26 1584 - 1648 Brieger 1992; Orchid Digest Vol 60 #4 1996 TYPE drawing/photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 44-45 pg 2763 - 2898 Brieger 2001; AOS Bulletin Vol 71 No 2 2002 photo fide; Algunas Orquideas de Oaxaca Suarez 2004 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #12 2016 photo fide;