(pronounced: KLOWS-ee-ah)


Cymbidieae subtribe Catasetinae

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Dedicated to Rev. Clowes, an early orchid grower in England.


A genus of six species found from Mexico to Venezuela. Previously included in a broadly defined Catasetum L. C. Richard, Clowesia differs by having bisexual flowers.

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Aguirre, E. L. 1987. Clowesia dodsoniana: una nueva Clowesia de Mexico. Orquidea(Mex.) 10:191-200.

Dodson, C. H. 1975. Dressleria and Clowesia: a new genus and an old one revived in the Catasetinae (Orchidaceae). Selbyana 1:130-137.

Hills, H. G. and N. H. Williams 1990. Fragrance cycle of Clowesia rosea. Orquidea(Mex.) 12:19-22.

Monnier, G. 1990. Current history of Catasetinae breeding, 2: Clowesia. Amer. Orchid Soc. Bull. 59(11):1124-1128.

Richardson, D. 1957. Catasetum roseum. Amer. Orchid Soc. Bull. 26(10):706-707.

Teuscher, H. 1977. Collector’s Item: Catasetum thylaciochilum. Amer. Orchid Soc. Bull. 46(11):1007-1010.

Warford, N. M. and B. Harrell 1996. Clowesia dodsoniana Aguirre L., its history, pollination, and osmophores. Orchid Digest 60(4):174-179.