Calanthe versteegii J.J.Sm. 1914SUBGENUS Calanthe SECTION Rhodochilus Drawing by Ridley and The Plant Illustrations Website

Common Name Versteeg's Calanthe [Dutch Original Collector of species early 1900's]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in western New Guinea in open grasslands in moss cushions or as an epiphyte on forest edges at elevations of 1800 to 3500 meters as a small to medium sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial or epiphyte with an erect, stem like pseudobulb caryring many distichous, two-ranked and spreading, subcoriaceous, often conduplicate, apical margin denticulate, ovate-linear to linear, obtuse, narrowly cuneate below into the base leaves that blooms in the summer on an erect, axillary, to 2.4" [6 cm] long overall, glabrous, rachis flexuous, to 1" [2.5 cm] long, 1 to 3 flowered inflorescence with acute to subulate, persistent floral bracts and carrying greenish white flowers with a lip with a small orange patch within.

Synonyms Calanthe aurantiimacula P.Royen 1979; Calanthe arundinoides J.J.Sm. 1929; Giulianettia disticha Ridl. 1916; Styloglossum versteegii ( J.J.Sm. ) T.Yukawa & P.J.Cribb 2014

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Alp. Fl. New Guinea Royen 1979 as Calanthe aurantiimacula; The Genus Calanthe Clayton & Cribb 2013 Drawing fide