Calanthe vestita Lindl. 1833 SUBGENUS Preptanthe Photo courtesy of Nik Fahmi and his Vortex Orchid Page.

White Flower Form Photo by Lourens Grobler

Flower Closeup Photo courtesy of Carl Withner.

Violet color form? Photo by Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website

Part sunCoolTo WarmWinter

Common Name The Calanthe that is Surrounded by Bracts

Flower Size up to 2 1/2"to 3" [6.25 to 7.5 cm]

A medium sized, hot to warm growing, terrestrial or occasional lithophytic orchid found in Myanmar, Vietnam, lower Thailand, Malaysia, Sumatra, Borneo and Sulawesi in forests on limestone in hill forests at elevations of sea level to 1000 meters with subconical bluntly angled, pale greenish grey pseudobulbs carring broadly lanceolate, acuminate, prominently ribbed underneath, deciduous leaves that narrow basally into a channeled and winged petiole and blooms in the winter on a basal, suberect and then nodding 3' [90 cm] long, 6 to 15 flowered, racemose inflorescence with the peduncle pubescent and the bracts, ovate-lanceolate, and the fragile textured, long-lived flowers all arising before the leaves. This terrestrial species needs a dry winter rest as the leaves yellow and fall off and then, after the plant has bloomed, repot and wait for the new growth to appear to resume watering.

Synonyms Alismorchis vestita (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; Amblyglottis pilosa de Vriese ex Lindl. 1854; Calanthe barberiana Rchb.f. 1881; Calanthe darblayana God.-Leb. 1889; Calanthe hennisii Loher 1909; Calanthe inquilinax Rolfe 1887; Calanthe masuca var. luteo-oculta B.S.Williams 1871; Calanthe masuca var. nivalis B.S.Williams 1871; Calanthe melinosema Schltr. 1925; Calanthe padangensis Schltr. ex Mansf. 1934; Calanthe pilosa (de Vriese ex Lindl.) Miq. 1859; Calanthe regnieri Rchb.f 1883; Calanthe stevensiana Regnier ex Rchb.f. 1883; Calanthe stevensii B.S.Williams 1894; Calanthe turneri Rchb.f. 1883; Calanthe turneri var. nivalis B.S.Williams 1885; Calanthe vestita var. fournieri Rolfe 1892; Calanthe vestita var. igneo-oculata Rchb.f 1876; Calanthe vestita var. lutea B.S.Williams 1862; Calanthe vestita var. oculata-gigantea Rchb.f 1885; Calanthe vestita var. oweniana B.S.Williams 1894; Calanthe vestita var. rubra-oculta B.S.Williams 1862; Calanthe vestita var. sumatrana Schltr. 1911; Calanthe vestita var. turneri B S Williams 1871; Calanthe vestita var. williamsii T.Moore 1884; Calanthe violacea Rolfe 1913; Calanthe williamsii (T.Moore) B.S.Williams 1885; Cytheris griffithii Wight 1852; Phaius vestitus (Wall. ex Lindl.) Rchb.f. 1867; Preptanthe vestita Rchb.f 1852-3; Preptanthe villosa Rchb.f 1857

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1857 as Preptanthe vestita; Orchids of Burma Grant 1895/1995; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as C vestita var regnieri; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing fide; Flora of Malaya Vol 1 Holttum 1953; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1959 photo; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 drawing fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as C vestita var regnieri; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as C vestita var rubro-oculata; AOS Bulletin Vol 39 No 10 1970 photo; Beautiful Thai Orchid Species Kamemoto & Sagarik 1975 photo fide; Dansk Botanisk Arkiv Orchid Genera in Thailand I Calanthe Seidenfadden 1975 drawing fide; Manual of Cultivated Orchids Bechtel; Cribb & Laurent 1982; Orchid Digest Vol 46 No 4 1982 photo fide; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas # 43-46 Thuniinae etc 1984 photo plant only; Orchidiana Philipiniana Vol 1 Valmayor 1984; Orchidiana Philipiniana Vol 1 Valmayor 1984 as C hennisii; Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia and Singapore Seidenfaden & Woods 1992 drawing/photo fide; Thai Orchid Species Rakpaibulsombat 1992 photo fide; The Plants of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Orchids Wood Beaman & Beaman 1993; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994; Orchids of Borneo Vol 1 Chan, Shim, Lamb & Wood 1994 drawing/photo fide; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; Orchid Digest Vol 59 No 1 1995 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 69 No 1 2000 photo; Botanica's Orchids Laurel Glen 2001; The Orchids of the Philippines Cootes 2001 as C hennisii photo fide; A to Z of SE Asian Orchids O'Byrne 2001 photo fide; A Field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2001 photo fide; Orchids of Sumatra Comber 2001 photo fide; Lindleyana Vol 17 No 1 2002; Flora Malesiana Orchids of the Philippines Vol I Agoo, Shuiteman and de Vogel 2003 as C hennisii; Flora Malesiana Orchids of the Philippines Vol I Agoo, Shuiteman and de Vogel 2003; Wild Orchids in Myanamar Vol 2 Tanaka 2004; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2005 photo fide; Flora's Orchids Nash & La Croix 2005; Flora Malesiana Orchids of New Guinea Vol III Shuiteman and de Vogel 2005; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007; The Orchids of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Wood, Beaman, Lamb, Chu Lun and Beaman 2011 photo fide; Wild Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia Ong, O'Byrne, Yong & Saw 2011 photo fide; Philippine Native Orchid Species Cootes 2011 as C hennisii photo fide; Philippine Native Orchid Species Cootes 2011 photo fide; The Genus Calanthe Clayton & Cribb 2013 drawing/photo fide

Calanthe vestita Lindley var rubro-oculata Photo courtesy of Dale and Deni Borders.

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References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; AOS Bulletin Vol 29 No 4 1960 photo;

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