Calanthe crumenata Ridl. 1917 SUBGENUS Calanthe SECTION Calanthe

Plant in situ with flowers Photo by Peter O'Byrne and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Part Shade Cool Cold winterSpring

Common Name or Meaning The Bag-Shaped Calanthe

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Sumatra in primary forests in partial shade at elevations of 1500 to 2500 meters as a miniature to small sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with a few, broadly lanceolate, acuminate and acute channeled petiolate base leaves that blooms in the winter and spring on an erect, peduncle to 6.4" [16 cm] long, overall to 20" [50 cm] long, densely many flowered, racemose inflorescence with 3 widely spaced, sheathing bracts and green, lanceolate, subacute, finely pubescent, persistent floral bracts and carrying white turning yellow with age flowers.

This species lacks a claw at the base of the lip and has a broad mid lobe and short floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Sumatra Comber 2001 photos fide; The Genus Calanthe Clayton & Cribb 2013 drawing/photo fide;