Calanthe leucosceptrum Schltr. 1912 SUBGENUS Calanthe SECTION Styloglossum

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

Full shade Hot Cool Fall Spring

Common Name The White Lance Calanthe

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in New Guinea in humus within hill forests at elevations around 300 to 1500 meters as a large sized, hot to cool growing terrestrial with a very short rhizome giving rise to stems carrying linear-lanceolate, acuminate, glabrous leaves that blooms in the fall through spring on a erect, terete, glabrous, peduncle few bracted, to 16" [40 cm] long, rachis to 6" [15 cm] long, cylindrical, to 22" [55 cm] long overall, densely many flowered inflorescence with deciduous floral bracts.

Schlechter states that the flowers are snow white.

Synonyms Calanthe labellicauda Gilli 1980 publ. 1983; Calanthe leucosceptrum var. bisubulifera J.J.Sm. 1929; Styloglossum leucosceptrum ( Schltr. ) T.Yukawa & P.J.Cribb 2014; Styloglossum leucosceptrum var. bisubuliferum ( J.J.Sm. ) T.Yukawa & P.J.Cribb 2016

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