Calanthe davidii Franch. 1888 SUBGENUS Calanthe SECTION Vernae

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Common Name David's Calanthe [French original Collector of species 1800's] - In China Jian Ye Xia Ji Lan

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in the western Himalayas, Nepal, Bhutan, eastern Himalayas, Shaanxi, Gansu, Hubei, Hunan, Sichuan, Guizhou, Yunnan and Xizang provinces of China, Japan, Taiwan and Vietnam in shady locations in forests along valleys at elevations of 500 to 3300 meters as a large sized, warm to cold growing terrestrial with no obvious pseudobulb or rhizome with pseudostems carrying 3 to 4, ensiform to lorate, plicate, 3 veined, glabrous, elongate, acute, narrowing below into the elongate or not, petiolate base leaves that blooms in the late spring and early summer on an axillary, erect, thick, densely pubescent, to 48" [120 cm] long, racemose, many flowered inflorescence with persistent, herbaceous, retroflexed, narrowly lanceolate, almost as long as the ovary floral bracts.

Synonyms Alismorkis pachystalyx (Rchb.f. ex Hook.f.) Kuntze 1891; Calanthe bungoana Ohwi 1936; Calanthe davidii var. bungoana (Ohwi) T.Hashim. 1987; Calanthe ensifolia Rolfe 1896; Calanthe furcata f. matsudae (Hayata) M.Hiroe 1971; Calanthe matsudae Hayata 1920; Calanthe pachystalix Rchb.f. ex Hook.f. 1890;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of North-Western Himalaya Vol IX Part II Duthie 1906 as C pachystalix drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 44 #9 1975 as C bungoana; Indian Orchids, Guide to Identification and Culture vol 2 Pradhan 1979 as C pachystalix drawing fide; Orchids of North West Himalaya Deva & Naithani 1986 as C pachystalix drawing fide; Identification of the Orchids [Orchidaceae Juss.] Vietnam Averyanov 1994 as C pachystalix; Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002 as C pachystalix; Native Orchids of Shaanxi Shaanxi Science & Technology Press 2007 photo; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007 as C pachystalix; Orchids of Huanglong Perner, Tang Si-Yuan 2007 photos fide; Native Orchids From Gaoligongshan Maountains, China Xiaohua, Xiaodong and Xiaochun 2009 photo fide; 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; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing fide; The Wild Orchids in Yunnan Xu Xiang Ye & Liu 2010 photos fide; The Genus Calanthe Clayton & Cribb 2013 drawing/photo fide; LANKESTERIANA 15(1): 750. Jeewan Singh Jalal & J. Jayanthi 2015; A Century of New Orchid Records in Bhutan Royal Government of Bhutan 2017 drawing/photo fide