Calanthe nicolae P.O'Byrne 1996 SUBGENUS Calanthe SECTION Styloglossum

Flower Closeup

Photos by Art Vogel

Part shade Warm cool LATE Summer EARLY Fall

Common Name Nicola's Calanthe [English Author's Daughter current]

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found on Mt Kemiri Sumatra in montane forests on decaying tree trunks or in deep leaf mold on the forests floor at elevations of 1000 to 2000 meters as a medium sized, warm to cool growing terrestrial with a creping rhizome giving rise to partially hidden, swollen, green pseudobulbs carrying plicate, "V" shaped, lanceolate, acute, gradually narrowing below into the petiolate base leavesthat are held in a loose spiral blooming in the late summer and early fall on a lateral, robust, erect, glabrous, stout, rachis gradually extending, densely to 50 flowered inflorescence with ovate, acute, persistent, white becoming black floral bracts and carrying non-resupinate flowers that do not open fully.

Synonyms Styloglossum nicolae ( P.O'Byrne ) T.Yukawa & P.J.Cribb 2014

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Sumatra Comber 2001 photo fide; A to Z of South East Asian Orchid Species Vol 2 O'Byrne 2011 photo fide; Malesian Orchid Journal Vol 17 2016 as Styloglossum nicolae photo fide;