Clowesia glaucoglossa (Rchb.f.) Dodson 1975

Plant and Flowers Photo By Ed Merkle and Merkles Orcids Website


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; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 26 1584 - 1648 Brieger 1992 ; Icones Orchidacearum 6-6 Plate 539 Hagsater & Soto 2003 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #12 2016 photo fide;