Calanthe metoensis Z.H.Tsi & K.Y.Lang 1978 SUBGENUS Calanthe SECTION Vernae

Photo courtesy of Orchid Society Of China Website

Common Name The Metog Calanthe [An Area of Southern Xizang near India] - In China Mo Tuo Xia Ji Lan

Flower Size .8 to 1" [2 to 2.5 cm]

Found in southeastern Tibet and Yunnan provinces of China in forests at elevations of 2200 to 2300 meters as a small to medium sized, cold growing terrestrial with conic, small pseudobulbs enveloped by leaf sheaths and carrying 2 to 3, well developed and speading at blooming, not deciduous, narrowly elliptic, 5 veined, acute apically, narrowing below into the petiolate base leaves that blooms in the spring through summer on 1 to 2, erect, terminal, rachis 4.8" [12 cm] long, densely puberulent, 12 to 20" [30 to 50 cm] long, laxy 2 to 10 flowered inflorescence with persistent, lanceolate, glabrous floral bracts


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Native Orchids of China in Colour Chen, Tsi and Luo 1999 photo ok; A Field Guide to the Orchids of China Singchi, Zhongjian, Yibo, Xiaohua and Zhanhuo 2009 photo ok; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven Deyuan 2009; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven Deyuan 2010 drawing fide; The Genus Calanthe Clayton & Cribb 2013 drawing/photo fide; Atlas of Native Orchids of China Vol 2 Jin Xiaohua, Li Jianwu and Ye Deping 2019 photo fide;