Calanthe monophylla Ridl. 1909 SUBGENUS Calanthe SECTION Calanthe

Photo by The Environmental Awareness Cameron Highlands Website

Drawing Drawing by Seidenfaden

Common Name The Single Leaved Calanthe

Flower Size

Found in Pahang penninsular Malayasia at elevations around 1000 to 1200 meters as a medium sized, cool growing terrestrial with a small pseudobulb carrying a single, shortly hairy along the veins underneath and on the petiolate base leaf that blooms on an erect, shortly hairy, to 12" [30 cm] long, rachis elongating gradually, well spaced, several flowered inflorescence with broad, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying cleistogamus flowers with pink tepals and the sepals are shortly hairy.

Seidenfaden states that this orchid is one of a small group of Calanthe [ C taenioides for one]with single leaves and this one can be easily separated by the lip shape and column.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Malaya Vol 1 Orchidaceae Holttum 1953 drawing fide; The Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia and Singapore Seidenfaden & Wood 1992 drawing fide; Orchids of Sarawak Beaman, Wood & Beaman etal 2001; Wild Orchids of the Cameron Highlands REACH 2009 photo fide; Malesian Orchid Journal Vol 17 2016;