Calanthe sieboldii Decne. ex Regel 1868

Plant in situ with flowersPhotos by Natsui from Japan and his Japan Orchids Page


Common Name Siebold's Calanthe [German-Dutch Botanist In Japan 1800's] - In China Da Huang Hua Xia Ji Lan

Flower Size 1 1/2" to 2 1/2" [3.8 to 6.5 cm]

Found in Japan, the Ryukyu Islands and north Taiwan in forests at elevations of 1200 to 1500 meters as a medium to just large sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with a fusiform pseudobulb enveloped by leaf sheaths and carrying elliptic-lanceolate, plicate, acute leaves that blooms in the late winter and early spring on a 18" [45 cm] long, terminal, racemose inflorescence carrying several citrus scented flowers.

Synonyms Calanthe discolor f. sieboldii (Decne. ex Regel) Ohwi 1953; Calanthe discolor var. sieboldii (Decne. ex Regel) Maxim. 1872; Calanthe kawakamii Hayata 1911; Calanthe striata f. sieboldii (Decne. ex Regel) Ohwi 1953; Calanthe striata var. sieboldii (Decne. ex Regel) Maxim. 1873

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Schlechteriana Vol 2 No 3 1991 photo; Orchids Australia Vol 10 No 4 1998 photo; Native Orchids of China in Colour Chen, Tsi and Luo 1999 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 72 No 8 2003 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 2 2006 photo; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing fide

Calanthe sieboldii var kawakamii "good fortune" Decne. ex Regel 1868 - See Calanthe kawakamii Hayata 1911

Photo by Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website

A yellow color version of the previous species.