Calanthe arisanensis Hayata 1911 SUBGENUS Calanthe SECTION Vernae

Photo courtesy of Rogier van Vugt and his Orchid webpage


Common Name The Mt. A-Li-Shan Calanthe [A mountain in Taiwan] - in China Tai wan xia ji lan

Flower Size 1.6" [4 cm]

Found in Taiwan in moist and shady locations in broadleaved forests at elevations of 1000 to 2000 meters as a small to medium sized, cool growing terrestrial with ovoid, tufted pseudobulbs enveloped basally by several papery sheaths and carrying 2 to 3, suberect, plicate, oblong-elliptic to oblanceolate, acute to acuminate, glabrous, glossy green, basally attenuate into the petiolate base leaves that blooms in the late fall through early spring on an erect, green to purplish green, glabrous, rachis 2 to 4.8" [5 to 12 cm] long, overall 12.8 to 24" [32 to 60 cm] long, 6 to 15 flowered inflorescence with lanceolate, acuminate floral bracts,

Andy Phillips states that this orchid is an easy growing summer bloomer in the United States.

Synonyms Calanthe sasakii Hayata 1914

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; The Genus Calanthe Clayton & Cribb 2013 drawing fide/photo good