Calanthe sinica Z.H.Tsi 1995 SUBGENUS Calanthe SECTION Calanthe SERIES Sylvatica

Photo courtesy of Orchid Society Of China Website

Common Name The Chinese Calanthe - In China Zhong Hua Xia Ji Lan

Flower Size 1.2" [3.5 cm]

Found in southeastern Yunnan province of China in forests at elevations around 1050 to 1100 meters as a small to medium sized, cool growing terrestrial with ovoid-conic pseudobulbs carrying 4, well developed and speading at blooming, not deciduous, elliptic, densely pubescent, acute apically, narrowing below into the petiolate base leaves that blooms in the summer on an, erect, terminal, densely puberulent, 13.6" [34 cm] long, laxy 10 flowered inflorescence with persistent, green, ovate-lanceolate, abaxially densely puberulent floral bracts

The species is described as differing from C mascua by the densely pubescent leaves, the suborbicular side lobes to the lip and a clavate spur.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 70 #7 2001 photo fide; A Field Guide to the Orchids of China Singchi, Zhongjian, Yibo, Xiaohua and Zhanhuo 2009 photo ok; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven Deyuan 2009; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven Deyuan 2010 drawing hmm; The Wild Orchids in Yunnan Xu Xiang Ye & Liu 2010 photos fide; The Genus Calanthe Clayton & Cribb 2013;