Calanthe longifolia Schltr. 1912 SUBGENUS Calanthe SECTION Styloglossum

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

Full shade Warm Cool EARLYWinter

Common Name The Long Leaved Calanthe

Flower Size .88" [2.2 cm]

Found in New Guinea and the Solomon Islands in mossy montane forests at elevations around 800 to 1100 meters as a medium sized, warm to cool growing terrestrial with an elongate, filiform, flexuous, tomentose rhizome giving rise to stems carrying 3 to 4, plicate, linear-ligulate, acuminate, basally gradually narrowing into the 12" [30 cm] long, petiolate base leaves that blooms in the early winter on a lateral, arising from the stem base, peduncle glabrous, few bracted, to 14" [35 cm] long, rachis to 2" [5 cm] long, to 16" [40 cm] long overall, subdensely many flowered inflorescence with deciduous, narrow, acuminate floral bracts.

Schlechter states that the flowers are mainly snow white with pale yellow to greenish side lobes to the lip.

Synonyms Styloglossum longifolium ( Schltr. ) T.Yukawa & P.J.Cribb 2014

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