!Clowesia rosea Lindley 1843

Photo by © Lourens Grobler.

Plant and Flowers

Photo by © Weyman Bussey


Common Name The Rose-colored Clowesia

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Michoacan and Oaxaca states of Mexico on the Pacific slope in oak forests or tropical deciduous forests at elevations around 500 to 1300 meters as a small to medium sized, warm to cool growing, deciduous leaved epiphyte with pseudobulbs enveloped basally by gray overlapping sheaths and carrying 4 to 5, apical, elliptic-lanceolate, acuminate, flexible, long-attenuate to the articulate base leaves that blooms in the early winter on a short to 4 3/4" [to 12 cm], racemose inflorescence carrying several, campanulate, fragrant [vics vapo rub by day, cinnamon at night] flowers and arises from the base of mature leafless or leafed psuedobulbs.

This species starts to lose its mature leaves in the fall so as this occurs water and fertilize much less, until the new growths appear in the spring and are 1" or longer. At that time you can resume a well watered and heavily fed regimen, thereby allowing the new pseudobulb and leaves to mature.

Synonyms Catasetum roseum (Lindl.) Rchb. f. 1872

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; *Edwards's Bot. Reg. 29: pl. 39. 1843; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VI 97 - 114 Hoehne 1942 as Catasetum roseum drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 26 No 10 1957 as Catasetum roseum photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 28 No 8 1959 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 33 No 5 1964; Orchid Digest Vol 42 No 23 1978 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 52 No 6 1983 as Catasetum roseum photo fide; Flora Novo-Galaciana Vol 16 McVaugh 1985; Orchid Digest Vol 42 No 3 1978 photo fide; *Orquídea (Mexico City), n.s., 12 1990 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 26 1584 - 1648 Brieger 1992 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 69 No 4 2000 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum 5 & 6 Orchids Of Mexico Parts 2 & 3 Plate 540 Hagsater, Soto 2002 drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 77 No 1 2008 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 81 #11 2012 photo fide; Algunas Orquideas de Mexico Tomo 1 Suarez 2013 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 80 #4 2016 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #12 2016 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 88 #8 2019 photo fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 drawing fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018 photo fide