Calanthe kinabaluensis Rolfe 1914 SUBGENUS Calanthe SECTION Calanthe

Photo courtesy of Peter Maxwell

Common Name or Meaning The Mount Kinabalu Calanthe [Mountain in Borneo]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Borneo near Mount Kinabalu in lower montane oak/laurel, rarely hill forests at elevation of 900 to 2100 meters as a small sized, warm to cold growing terrestrial orchid with a few to several, plicate, elliptic, acute, gradually narrowing below into the petiolate base leaves that blooms in the summer in situ on an erect, peduncle to 30" [75 cm] long, provided with several tubular sheathing bracts, rachis to 4" [10 cm] long, finely pubescent, overall 34" [85 cm] long, several to many flowered inflorescence with deciduous as the flowers open, lanceolate, acuminate, reflexed, spreading floral bracts and holding the orange yellow flowers towards the apex.

Synonyms Calanthe cuneata Ames & C.Schweinf. 1920

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Plants of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Orchids Wood Beaman & Beaman 1993 photo fide; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994 drawing good; The Orchids of Mount Kinabalu Vol 1 Wood, Beaman, Lamb, Chu Lun and Beaman 2011 drawing/photo fide; The Orchids of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Wood, Beaman, Lamb, Chu Lun and Beaman 2011; The Genus Calanthe Clayton & Cribb 2013 drawing/photo fide;