Calanthe perrottetii A. Rich. 1841 SUBGENUS Calanthe SECTION Calanthe SERIES Sylvatica Photo by P J Cribb and TheSwiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Drawing Drawing by Wight and The Plant Illustration Website


Common Name Perrottet's Calanthe [British original Collector of species 1800's]

Flower Size 1.4 to 1.6" [3.5 to 4 cm]

Found in southern India and Sri Lanka in mixed lowland, hill dipterocarp and lower montane forests at elevations of 1500 to 2100 meters as a medium sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with clustered pseudobulbs carrying 5 to 8, elliptic, acuminate, dark green and glabrous above, pubescent beneath, gradually narrowing below into the petiolate base leaves that blooms in the later spring through fall on an erect, peduncle with 3 well spaced sheaths, rachis to 10" [25 cm] long,to 35 flowered inflorescence with lanceolate, acute floral bracts.

This species has often been put in synonymy with C triplicata but this one differs in the lilac flushed flowers with a lip that is usually narrower across the apex than across the base and has a short, incurved, tapering spur.

Synonyms Calanthe comosa Rchb.f. 1846

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Genus Calanthe Clayton & Cribb 2013 drawing/photo fide;