Calanthe spathoglottoides Schltr. 1912 SUBGENUS Calanthe SECTION Calanthe SERIES Sylvatica

Drawing by Schlechter and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Full shade Cool LATESummer

Common Name The Spathoglottis-Like Calanthe [refers to the flowers]

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in New Guinea in humus in forests at elevations around 1300 meters as a small to just medium sized, cool growing terrestrial with a short rhizome giving rise to filiform, elongate, flexuous, puberulous stems carrying 3 to 4, erect-spreading, ovate, acuminate, cuneate below into the dilated, pubescent petiolate base leaves that blooms in the early summer on an erect, terete, witha few minute, pubescent bracts, minutely puberulous, rachis to 3.2" [8 cm] long, laxly 4 to 7 flowered inflorescence with erect-patent, lanceolate, acuminate, minutely pubescent, shorter than the ovary floral bracts.

Schlechter states that the flowers are violet red with a golden yellow lip callus and a white column.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1912 drawing fide; The Genus Calanthe Cribb and Clayton 2013