Calanthe judithiae P.J.Cribb 2009 SUBGENUS Calanthe SECTION Calanthe SERIES Triplicata Photo by Rogier van Vugt and his P Base Orchid Photo Website

Drawing Drawing by Peter O'Byrne and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name Judith's Calanthe [Mrs. O'Byrne, Orchid discoverer's wife current]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Sulawesi in secondary hill forests at elevations around 750 meters as a medium sized, warm growing terrestrial with 5 to 6 suberect, linear-lanceolate, acuminate, plicate, green with longitudinal silvery striped leaves that blooms in the late spring on an erect, terete, pubescent, 16 to 24" [40 to 60 cm] long, laxly 5 to 12 flowered inflorescence with a 1.6 to 4" [4 to 10 cm] long, rachis

This species is closely allied to C triplicata but it differs in the silvery-striped leaves and a creamy white flower with a lip carrying small side lobes aad a much larger midlobe as well as a "S" shaped spur. C millikenii also has silvery-striped leaves but it has larger side lobes and a clavate, straight spur.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Malesian Orchid Journal Vol 4 2009 photo/drawing fide; A to Z of South East Asian Orchid Species Vol 2 O'Byrne 2011 photo fide; The Genus Calanthe Clayton & Cribb 2013 drawing/photo fide;