Calanthe alta Rchb.f. 1878 Photo by Whistler & Cribb 1996

Common Name The Tall Calanthe

Flower Size

Found in Fiji and Samoa in rain and cloud forests at elevations around 600 to 800 meters as a large to giant sized, warm growing terrestrial with an erect leafy stem enveloped by leaf bearing sheaths carrying elliptic to elliptic-oblanceolate, acuminate, narrowing below into the petiolate base leaves that blooms on a terminal, shortly pubescent, 24 to 32" [60 to 80 cm] long, many flowered inflorescence carrying white, flowers with yellow at the apex of the column.

Synonyms Alismorkis alta (Rchb.f.) Kuntze 1891; Calanthe anocentrum Schltr. 1912; Calanthe lutescens H.Fleischm. & Rech. 1910

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list, IPNI Orchids of Samoa Whistler & Cribb 1996 photo fide