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Clowesia amazonica
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Orchidaceae
Subfamily: Epidendroideae
Tribe: Cymbidieae
Subtribe: Catasetinae
Genus: Clowesia
Type species
Clowesia rosea

Warczewitzia Skinner ex Lindl.

Clowesia is a genus of the Orchidaceae family. Species of this genus are epiphytic and contain many pseudobulbs with several internodes. The leaves of this plant are arranged alternatively in two vertical rows on opposite sides of the rachis. The Clowesia has a simple gullet flower that allows for pollination by male euglossine bees. The flowers are often unisexual and contain a viscidium.


Seven species of this genus are currently recognized, all native to southern Mexico, Central America, and northern South America.[1]

  1. Clowesia amazonica K.G.Lacerda & V.P.Castro - Venezuela, Ecuador, northern Brazil
  2. Clowesia dodsoniana E.Aguirre - Chiapas, Oaxaca
  3. Clowesia glaucoglossa (Rchb.f.) Dodson - Michoacán
  4. Clowesia rosea Lindl. - Michoacán, Guerrero, Oaxaca
  5. Clowesia russelliana (Hook.) Dodson - Chiapas, Central America, Venezuela
  6. Clowesia thylaciochila (Lem.) Dodson - Chiapas, Oaxaca
  7. Clowesia warczewiczii (Lindl. & Paxton) Dodson - Costa Rica, Panama, Venezuela, Guyana, Colombia, Suriname, Ecuador, northern Brazil


  • Dressler, Robert L. The Orchids: Natural History and Classification. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1981.

External links[edit]

  • Media related to Clowesia at Wikimedia Commons
  • Data related to Clowesia at Wikispecies