Calanthe alismifolia Lindl. 1855 SUBGENUS Calanthe SECTION Calanthe Photo by Takato Natsui and The Orchidstudium Web Page

Another View Photo courtesy of Jean Claude George and His Orchidorama Web Page

Part shade Warm Cold LATESpring EARLYSummer

Common Name The Water-Plaintain Like Leaf Calanthe - In China Ze Xie Xia Ji Lan

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in Japan, the Ryukyus, Taiwan, Assam India, eastern Himalayas, Bhutan, Sikkim, western Himalayas, Hubei, Hunan, Sichuan, Yunnan and Xizang China and Vietnam in hot tropical valleys among grasses and at bases of rocks or in riverine forests at elevations of 660 to 2100 meters as a small to medium sized, warm to cold growing terrestrial orchid with a woody rhizome giving rise to slender, cylindric, tapering pseudobulbs carrying 2 to 3, strongly veined, elliptic to ovate-elliptic, acuminate, petiolate base leaves and blooms in the late spring and early summer on a erect, terminal, racemose to sub-corymbose, successively many flowered inflorescence basally sheathed by distant, lanceolate, acute, pilose pubescent sheaths and spreading to reflexed, ovate, lanceolate, acuminate, floral bracts

Synonyms Alismorkis alismifolia (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; Alismorkis japonica (Blume ex Miq.) Kuntze 1891; Calanthe austrokiusiuensis Ohwi 1936; Calanthe fauriei Schltr. 1919; Calanthe furcata var. alismifolia (Lindl.) M.Hiroe 1971; Calanthe furcata f. fauriei (Schltr.) M.Hiroe 1971; Calanthe furcata var. alismifolia (Lindl.) M.Hiroe 1971; Calanthe japonica Blume ex Miq. 1866; Calanthe nigropuncticulata Fukuy. 1934;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 drawing fide; The Orchids of North-Western Himalaya Vol IX Part II Duthie 1906; AOS Bulletin Vol 4 1958 Drawing; Orchids of Southern Ryukyu Islands Garay & Sweet 1974 Drawing fide; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas # 43-46 Thuniinae etc 1984 photo ok; Orchids of Arunachal Pradesh Hegde 1984 photo ok; Orchids of North West Himalaya Deva & Naithani 1986 drawing fide; Native Orchids of China in Colour Chen, Tsi and Luo 1999 photo fide; Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002 photo fide; 100 Sikkim Himalayan Orchids Pradhan 2005 photo fide; The Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007 drawing fide; Native Orchids From Gaoligongshan Maountains, China Xiaohua, Xiaodong and Xiaochun 2009 type sheet; A Field Guide to the Orchids of China Singchi, Zhongjian, Yibo, Xiaohua and Zhanhuo 2009 photo fide; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing fide; The Wild Orchids in Yunnan Xu Xiang Ye & Liu 2010 photos fide; A to Z of South East Asian Orchid Species Vol 2 O'Byrne 2011 photo fide; The Genus Calanthe Clayton & Cribb 2013 drawing/photo fide;

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