Calanthe hololeuca Rchb.f. 1868 SUBGENUS Calanthe SECTION Styloglossum

Inflorescence

Plant and Flowers in situ New Caledonia Photos by Edouard Faria

Common Name The Completely White Calanthe - In Samoa - Okeki

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in the Bismark Archipelago, Solomon Islands, Santa Cruz Islands, Wallis & Futna, Tonga, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Fiji and Samoa in mossy rainforests at elevations of 260 to 1200 meters as a large sized, hot to cool growing terrestrial with hidden pseudobulbs carrying plicate, distichous, lanceolate, gradually narrowing below into the petiolate base leaves that blooms in the spring on a lateral from the base of the pseudobulb, erect, 16" [to 40 cm] long, densely to subdensely many flowered inflorescence with deciduous, white bracts enveloping the peduncle.

Synonyms Calanthe neocaledonica Rendle 1921; Calanthe neohibernica Schltr. 1905; Calanthe vaupeliana Kraenzl.1909

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Vanuatu Lewis & Cribb 1989; The Orchids of the Solomon Islands and Bougainville Lewis & Cribb 1991 drawing/photo fide; Orchids of samoa, Cribb & Whistler 1996 photo fide; Maalesian Orchid Journal VOl 7 2011 drawing good; The Genus Calanthe Clayton & Cribb 2013 drawing/photo fide

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