Calanthe tunensis J.J.Sm. 1900 SUBGENUS Calanthe SECTION Styloglossum

Drawing as C chrysoleuca

Drawings by J J Smith TYPE and Schlechter and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Full shade Warm Cool LATEFall EARLYWinter

Common Name The Tuni Calanthe [An area of the Moluccas]

Flower Size .98" [2.4 cm]

Found in New Guinea and the Moluccas in beech forests at elevations of 800 to 1200 meters as a medium to large sized, warm to cool growing terrestrial or epiphyte with a very short rhizome giving rise to clustered, inconspicuous stems carrying more or less erect, narrowly lanceolate, acuminate, gradually narrwoing below into the 4 to 8" [10 to 20 cm] long, petiolate 6 to 12" [15 to 30 cm] long, base leaves that blooms in the late fall and early winter on a graceful, terete, glabrous, several clasping bracted, rachis 2.4 to 3.6" [6 to 9 cm] long, subdensely many flowered inflorescence with erect-patent, narrowly lanceolate, acuminate, as long as the flowers floral bracts.

Schlechter states that the flowers are golden yellow.

Synonyms Calanthe chrysoleuca Schltr. 1912; Calanthe flabelliformis R.S.Rogers 1925

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

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