Calanthe graciliflora Hayata 1911 SUBGENUS Calanthe SECTION Vernae

Photo by the Japan Orchid Website

Common Name The Graceful Flowered Calanthe - In China Gou Ju Xia Ji Lan

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Anhui, Fujian, Guangdong, Guangxi, Guizhou, Hubei, Hunan, Jiangxi, Sichuan, Yunnan and Zhejiang provinces of China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Japan in shady and moist places in forests or along ravines at elevations of 600 to 2400 meters as a medium sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with short, subovoid pseudobulbs enveloped by leaf sheaths and carrying 3 to 4, fairly well developed at blooming, elliptic to elliptic-lanceolate, glabrous, narrowing below into the petiolate base leaves that blooms in the spring on an axillary, densely pubescent, rachis glabrous, to 12.8" [32 cm] long, overall to 28" [to 70 cm] long, racemose, sparsely many flowered inflorescence.

Synonyms Calanthe graciliflora f. jiangxiensis Bo Li, L.J.Kong & Bo Yun Yang 2011; Calanthe graciliflora var. xuefengensis Z.H.Tsi 1981; Calanthe hamata Hand.-Mazz 1936

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Native Orchids of China in Colour Chen, Tsi and Luo 1999 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 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009 as C graciliflora var xuefengensis Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing ok; The Wild Orchids in Yunnan Xu Xiang Ye & Liu 2010 photos fide; The Wild Orchids of Hong Kong Barretto, Cribb and Gale 2011 drawing/photo fide; The Genus Calanthe Clayton & Cribb 2013 drawing/photo fide; Atlas of Native Orchids of China Vol 2 Jin Xiaohua, Li Jianwu and Ye Deping 2019 photo fide;