Clowesia rosea –‘Grace Dunn’.
A genus of five species from
Mexico to Venezuala, related to Catasetum.
Was established by Lindley 1843 and named after the Revd. John
Clowes of Broughton Hall, Manchester. U.K. – incumbent of the
Manchester Collegiate Church – (now Manchester Cathedral) who
possessed a mixed collection of orchids from around the world and a
discerning and knowledgeable orchidist.
His collection was bequeathed to Queen Victoria.
Four hundredand forty-six in number were placed at Kew R.B.G. and
formed the basis of the collection there at that time.
Revd. John Clowes was the first to flower Clowesia rosea, the
type species; in cultivation.
He plant shown above is var ‘Grace Dunn’ – a prolific Plant
which throws its many flowered inflorescences from the base of the
pseudobulbs – 2-3cm. (1”+/-) across and a delicate whitish pink in
colour giving a slight fragrance.