Calanthe gibbsiae Rolfe 1914 SUBGENUS Calanthe SECTION Calanthe SERIES Triplicata Photos by Peter O'Byrne and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name Gibbs Calanthe [English wife of Botanist 1800's]

Flower Size .88 to 1.6" [2.2 to 4 cm]

Found in Borneo in lower montane forests at elevations of 200 to 1000 meters as a small sized, hot to warm growing terrestrial with clustered, small pseudobulbs carrying plicate, 5 main nerved, elliptic-oblanceolate, abruptly acuminate, gradually narrowing below into the petiolate base leaves that blooms in the mid winter through later spring and again in the later summer through mid fall on an erect, peduncle to 34" [85 cm] long, 3 sheathing bracts widely spaced, rachis pubescent, to 1.2 to 4.8" [3 to 12 cm] long, overall to 35.2 to 42.8" [88 to 97 cm] long, many flowered inflorescence with persistent, ovate-lanceolate, acuminate floral bracts.

CAUTION I am not sure of this determination as the spur is too short and not deflexed.

Synonyms Calanthe veratrifolia var. lancipetala J.J.Sm. 1930

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Plants of Mt Kinabalu Vol 2 Wood, Beaman & Beaman 1993; The Genus Calanthe Clayton & Cribb 2013 photo good