This week’s color for the One Word Photo Challenge is Beige. I’ve gone ahead and chosen one of my images from the Grand Valley Orchid Society 2015 Show, this will be the first of many so stay tuned. (Some I will post in Orchid posts others I may continue to share in photo challenges.)
This may be a bit of a loose representation however Beige seems a bit like Indigo in that there are numerous interpretations. The image I’ve chosen to enter into this is that of Clowesetum (Clo.) Justine Herrera. This is a genus of Orchid I do not have, in fact I have no plants of Catasetum, Clowesia or Clowesetum in my personal collection. This particular hybrid is between Clowesia Rebecca’s Daughter and Catasetum spitzii according to the Royal Horicultural Society’s registration of this hybrid. Catasetum spitzii is a species, meaning it’s naturally occurring in the wild; whereas Clowesia Rebecca’s Daughter is a hybrid of the genus Clowesia. Thus Clowesetum is the name given to represent this cross between Catasetum and Clowesia.
Catasetums are quite a diverse even unusual genus of Orchids. Most, if not all, are deciduous and lose their leaves in their dormant period. While dormant, or starting from when the leaves begin to yellow, it is advised that you stop watering. According to Orchid Flower HQ if the pseudobulbs begin to shrivel quite severely it is okay to water them some. They can tolerate a range of light however near the end of their growth period they should be given stronger light according to The American Orchid Society’s care sheet. They also like a lot of water especially when preparing for the dormant season. They prefer intermediate to warm temperatures. To learn more about these rather interesting plants follow the provided links or do some searching of your own. Also click here for Google images showing the vast diversity of this genus, who knows you may get hooked!
Clowesia is basically a cousin of Catasetum. That is they are part of the same sub-tribe as Catasetums: Catasetinae. Other genera in this sub-tribe are Cynoches, Dressleria & Mormodes. I do believe – again I don’t have any of these so I’m gathering my information online – that these should be treated much the same as the Catasetums in terms of culture. However with that said something to remember about Orchids is that they’re incredibly diverse. So typically care sheets provide general care instructions but most orchids will benefit from doing further research into their more specific conditions as they all exist along a range, some are going to be on one end; others, the other. While you may keep them alive and growing your particular plant could produce better and more flowers, perhaps even more often, if you provide its ideal conditions. It is this challenge that keeps so many people interested in collecting and growing orchids, managing to keep them so well and so happy that they become specimen plants and put on incredible floral displays. (I’m shooting for this.)
P.S. It is my goal to provide a little more very extremely general information about various Orchids I post, and especially to provide at least a few links for you to follow to get the real dirt on the various plants. Don’t follow what little I put here alone, I’m just providing something quick for you to consider. 😉
So finally here is Clowesetum (Clo.) Justine Herrera: