Calanthe argenteostriata C.Z. Tang & S.J. Cheng 1981 SUBGENUS Calanthe SECTION Calanthe

another Angle

Photos by Lourens Grobler

Plant in situ South China

TYPE Photo by Tang & Cheng

Common Name The Silvery Striped Calanthe - in China Yin Dai Xia Ji Lan

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Guangdong, Guangxi, Guizhou and southeastern Yunnan provinces of China and Vietnam in broadleafed, evergreen, humid, primary forests in damp crevasses, on steep shady slopes in limestone karst regions at elevations of 500 to 1200 meters as a small to just large sized, warm to cool growing terrestrial or lithophyte with clustered, subconical pseudobulbs carrying 3 to 7, plicate, elliptic to ovate-lanceolate, dark green silver striped above, gradually narrowing below into the petiolate base leaves that blooms in the spring on an erect, basal, to 24" [60 cm] long, several [10+] flowered inflorescence with lanceolate, glabrous, persistent floral bracts.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchid Digest Vol 49 No 6 1985 drawing/photo fide; Wild Orchids of China Tsi, Chen Mori 1997; Native Orchids of China in Colour Chen, Tsi and Luo 1999 photo fide; Lindleyana Vol 15 No 4 2000; 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; AOS Bulletin Vol 79 #11 2010 photo fide; The Wild Orchids in Yunnan Xu Xiang Ye & Liu 2010 photos fide; The Genus Calanthe Clayton & Cribb 2013 photo fide; Atlas of Native Orchids of China Vol 2 Jin Xiaohua, Li Jianwu and Ye Deping 2019 photo fide;