Calanthe inflata Schltr. 1912 SUBGENUS Calanthe SECTION Styloglossum

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

Full shade Cool Summer Fall

Common Name The Inflated Calanthe [refers to the saccate spur of the flower]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in New Guinea in humus within montane forests on steep slopes among limestone rocks at elevations around 1300 to 1650 meters as a medium sized, cool growing terrestrial with a very short rhizome giving rise to stems carrying lanceolate to lanceolate-elliptic, acuminate, gradually narrowing below into the 2.4" [6 cm] long, petiolate base leaves that blooms in the summer through fall on a erect, terete, glabrous, peduncle few large bracted, to 12" [30 cm] long, rachis to 5.6" [14 cm] long, to 1.76" [44 cm] long overall, densely many flowered inflorescence with deciduous, oval, acuminate, longer than the flowers floral bracts.

Schlechter states that the flowers are white with an orange red, horny tubercle at the base of the lip.

Synonyms

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

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