Calanthe graciliscapa Schlechter 1911 SUBGENUS Calanthe SECTION Calanthe Photos by Th. Nordhausen and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Full Shade Cool Winter

Common Name or Meaning The Graceful Inflorescence Calanthe

Flower Size .48" [1.2 cm]

Found in Sumatra in forests in humus at elevations around 1200 meters as a medium sized, cool growing terrestrial with pseudobulbs on a very short rhizome carrying 3 to 5, ovate-elliptic, acuminate, gradually narrowing below into the petiolate base leaves that blooms in the winter on an erect, much longer than the leaves, peduncle glabrous basally, gradually becoming pubescent apically, with a few sterile sheathing bracts, 16" [40 cm] long, rachis cylindrical, 10 to 20 flowered inflorescence with persistent, lanceolate, acuminate, finely pubescent, almost as long as the ovary floral bracts.

Similar to C flava but the flowers are white, the lip side lobes are divergent and narrower and the spur is slightly swollen towards the apex.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Sumatra J B Comber 2001; The Genus Calanthe Clayton & Cribb 2013 Photo fide;