Calanthe izu-insularis (Satomi) Ohwi & Satomi in J.Ohwi 1965 SUBGENUS Calanthe SECTION Vernae

Inflorescence Photos by Takato NATSU

FragrancePart shadeColdSpring

Common Name The Izu Calanthe [Japanese Island Chain to the south of Tokyo] -in Japan Oh-Kirishima-Ebine or Nioi Ebine

Flower Size .8 to 1.6" [2 to 4 cm]

Found in the Izu islands of Japan in lowland temperate forests at elevatiojns of sea level to 500 meters as a very rare, small to medium sized, cold growing terrestrial with clustered, small, globose pseudobulbs enveloped by sheaths and carrying 2 to 3, plicate, oblong-elliptic to oblong-obovate, acute, glossy above, gradually narrowing below into the petiolate base leaves that blooms in the spring on an axillary, erect, developing before the leaves are fully mature, minutely pubescent, 12 to 28" [30 to 70 cm] long, laxly 5 to 30 flowered inflorescence with lanceolate, acuminate floral bracts carrying wide opening, very fragrant flowers

Synonyms *Calanthe aristulifera var. izu-insularis Satomi 1961

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 44 #9 1975 photo fide; The Genus Calanthe Clayton & Cribb 2013 drawing/photo fide;