Calanthe fragrans P.Royen 1979 SUBGENUS Calanthe SECTION Calanthe SERIES Calanthe

TYPE Drawing by P Royen


Common Name or Meaning The Fragrant Calanthe

Flower Size

Found in Papua New Guinea on Mt Wilhelm at elevations of 2800 to 3200 meters as a medium sized, rather slender, cold growing terrestrial with a short rhizome giving rise to in a rosette, patent-spreading, glabrous, elliptic to oblong-elliptic, mid rib prominent on both sides, margin wavy, acuminate, cuneate below into the dilated petiolate base leaves that blooms in the winter and early spring on a graceful, terete, minutely puberulous, peduncle to 20" [50 cm] long, with some scattered backward facing white hairs, few, clasping bracted, peduncle to 20" [50 cm] long, rachis to 4" [10 cm] long, to 24" [60 cm] long, overall, subdensely many flowered inflorescence with erect-patent, ovate-lanceolate, acuminate, pubescent, a little shorter than the ovary floral bracts carrying fragrant flowers.

Similar to C micrantha but it has smaller flowers (sepals .16" [4 mm] long vs .22 to .24" [5.5 to 6 mm] long), flowers with 4 warts in front of the callus.

Synonyms Calanthe fragilis Govaerts 1999; Calanthe ombrophila P.Royen 1979; Calanthe tenuis Gilli 1980 publ. 1983

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Malesian Orchid Journal Vol 15 Ormerod 2015 photo/drawing fide;