Calanthe kaniensis Schltr. 1912 SUBGENUS Calanthe SECTION Calanthe SERIES Calanthe

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

Full shade Warm Cool LATESpring EARLY Summer

Common Name The Kani Range Calanthe

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in New Guinea on the crests at elevations around 1000 meters as a medium to large sized, warm to cool growing terrestrial with a very short rhizome giving rise to filiform, elongate, flexuous, sparsely puberulous to glabrous stems carrying erect-patent, to 10, linear-lanceolate, acuminate, narrwoing below into the petiolate base leaves that blooms in the late spring and early summer on a lateral, erect, strict, to 32" [80 cm] long, peduncle to 26" [65 cm] long, well spaced few bracted, terete, rachis to 6" [15 cm] long, subdensely 15 to 25 flowered inflorescence with patent, lanceolate, acuminate, much shorter thant the ovary floral bracts.

Schlechter states that the flowers are white becoming yellowish with age and the lip has a yellow central spot.


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