Calanthe chloroleuca Lindl. 1844 SUBGENUS Calanthe SECTION Vernae

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Drawing by R Pantling and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Web Page

FragrancePart shade Warm ColdSpring

Common Name The Greenish-White Calanthe

Flower Size .8 to 1.2" [2 to 3 cm]

Found in Assam India, eastern Himalayas and Nepal on mossy banks and dense forests at elevations of 660 to 3000 meters as a medium sized, warm to cold growing terrestrial with conical-ovoid to cylindric pseudobulbs carrying 2 to 4, elliptic to elliptic-lanceolate, acute, gradually narrowing below into the grooved, petiolate base leaves that blooms in the spring on a terminal, erect, peduncle, puberulent, 9.2 to 12" [23 to 30 cm] long, overall 19.8" to 22.8" [27 to 57 cm] long, laxly few to many flowered inflorescence with triangular-lanceolate, acute, adpressed bracts and lanceolate, acute floral bracts and carrying primrose scented flowers.

Synonyms Alismorkis chloroleuca (Lindl.) Kuntze1891; Calanthe galeata Lindl. 1855

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; A Century of Indian Orchids Vol 5 Hooker 1895 drawing fide; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 drawing fide; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Indian Orchids, Guide to Identification and Culture vol 2 Pradhan 1979 drawing fide; The Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002; 100 Sikkim Himalayan Orchids Pradhan 2005 photo fide; The Genus Calanthe Clayton & Cribb 2013 drawing fide to Pantling, ok to photo