Clowesia thylaciochila (Lem.) Dodson Photo by © Michael Saar and The Wikimedia Website


Plant and Flowers Photos by © David Brown


Drawing Photo by © Leon/TYPE Drawing by Lemaire and The AMO Herbaria Website


Common Name The Bag-Like Lip Clowesia

Flower Size 3 3/5" [9cm]

Found in Jalisco, Michoacan, Guerrero, Morelos, and Oaxaca states of Mexico in tropical deciduous forests at elevations of 600 to 1200 meters as a medium sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with pseudobulbs enveloped by persistant sheaths and carrying several, elliptic, acuminate, plicate, petiolate, deciduous leaves that blooms in the late spring and early summer on a basal, pendant, many flowered, to 14" [35 cm] long, racemose inflorescence carrying 15 to 30, bisexual, very fragrant flowers.

CAUTION!!!!! This species and C dodsoniana have been confused for years. This one can be distinguished by occuring above 1000 meters in elevation, has ovoid elliptic pseudobulbs, has a very compact inflorescence, has green flowers, has a lip that is more shovel-like, with reflexed lateral lobes and a mid-lobe that narrows apically, the stipe in marginal profile is rounded and finally it flowers in the later spring.

Synonyms *Catasetum thylaciochilum Lem. 1856

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VI 97 - 114 Hoehne 1942 as Catasetum thylaciochilium drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 26 #7 1957 as CCatasetum thylaciochilum photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 30 No 9 1961 as Catasetum thylaciochila; Orchid Digest Vol 42 No 3 1978 photo fide; Flora Novo-Galaciana Vol 16 McVaugh 1985 drawing not = C dodsoniana; ORQUIDEA (Méx. ) 10 (1) Leon ABRIL 1986 drawing/photo fide; An Introdution to the orchids of Mexico Wiard 1987 photos fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 26 1584 - 1648 Brieger 1992 ; Orquideas del Estado de Morelos ORQUÍDEA (MÉX.) VOLUMEN 16 NÚMERO ÚNICO enero 2002 drawing/photo fide; Algunas Orquideas de Mexico Tomo 1 Suarez 2013 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #12 2016 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 88 #8 2019 photo fide;