Calanthe finisterrae Schltr. 1912 SUBGENUS Calanthe SECTION Calanthe SERIES Calanthe

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

Full shade Cool Fall Winter

Common Name The Finisterre Range Calanthe

Flower Size .88" [2.2 cm]

Found in New Guinea in damp forests in humus at elevations around 1200 to 1450 meters as a medium sized, slender, cool growing terrestrial with a short rhizome giving rise to filiform, elongate, flexuous stems carrying 3 to 5, erect-patent, elliptic, acuminate, narrowing below into the 4" [10 cm] long, petiolate base leaves that blooms in the fall and winter on a graceful, terete, basally glabrous becoming minutely puberulous above, well spaced, few bracts, rachis to 3.2" [8 cm] long, laxly 3 to 5 flowered inflorescence with persistent, erect-patent, ovate to lanceolate, acuminate, shorter than the ovary floral bracts.

Schlechter states that the flowers are green-yellow.


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