Clowesia russelliana [Hooker] Dodson 1975

Photo by Jay Pfahl

Flower Closeup

Photo by Lourens Grobler


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

Flower Size 2 1/2" [6.25 cm]

Found in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama and Venezuela found in fairly dry, open forests at elevations of 600 to 1000 meters as a large sized, warm growing, epiphytic species 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; AOS Bulletin Vol 37 No 2 1968 as Catasetum russellianum photo fide; 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 as Catsetum russelianum drawing fide; 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 as Catasetum russelianum photo fide; 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; Guatemala Y Sus Orquideas Behar & Tinschert 1998 photo fide; The World's Most Beautiful Orchids Allikas & Nash 2005 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 6 2006 photo fide; 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; Orchid Digest Vol 80 #4 2016 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #9 2016 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #12 2016 photo fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 drawing/photo fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018 photo fide