Calanthe micrantha Schltr. 1912 SUBGENUS Calanthe SECTION Calanthe SERIES Calanthe

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

Fragrant Full shade Cold LATESpring

Common Name The Small Flowered Calanthe

Flower Size

Found in New Guinea at elevations around 2200 to 2300 meters as a medium sized, rather slender, cold growing terrestrial with a short rhizome giving rise to filiform, elongate, flexuous, puberulous stems carrying in a rosette, erect-patent, dark green, oval to oblong-elliptic, acuminate, cuneate below into the dilated petiolate base leaves that blooms in the spring on a graceful, terete, minutely puberulous, peduncle to 20" [50 cm] long, with some scattered backward facing white hairs, few, clasping bracted, rachis to 6" [15 cm] long, subdensely many flowered inflorescence with erect-patent, ovate-lanceolate, acuminate, pubescent, a little shorter than the ovary floral bracts carrying fragrant flowers.

Schlechter states that the small flowers are whitish-green with a nearly white [sometimes yellowish] lip.

Synonyms Calanthe curvatoascendens Gilli 1980 publ. 1983; Calanthe fragrans P.Royen 1979;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1912 drawing fide; The Orchids of The High Mountains of New Guinea Royen 1979 as Calanthe fragrans; The Orchids of The High Mountains of New Guinea Royen 1979 as Calanthe ombrophila; The Genus Calanthe Cribb & Clayton 2013 photos