Calanthe cruciata Schltr. 1912 SUBGENUS Calanthe SECTION Styloglossum

Drawing by Schlechter and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Full shade Hot Warm Summer Fall

Common Name The Cross-Like Calanthe

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in New Guinea in humus within hill forests at elevations around 300 to 1000 meters as a large sized, hot to warm growing terrestrial with a very short rhizome giving rise to stems carrying 7, narrowly lanceolate, acuminate, gradually narrowing below into the petiolate base leaves that blooms in the summer through fall on a erect, terete, glabrous, peduncle few bracted, to 18" [45 cm] long, rachis to 4" [10 cm] long, to 22" [55 cm] long overall, densely many flowered inflorescence with deciduous floral bracts.

Schlechter states that the flowers are pure white.

Synonyms Styloglossum cruciatum ( Schltr. ) T.Yukawa & P.J.Cribb 2014

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1912 drawing fide; The Genus Calanthe Cribb & Clayton 2013 photo fide;