Calanthe whiteana King & Pantl. 1846 SUBGENUS Calanthe SECTION Calanthe SERIES Calanthe

Photo by Changqing Pan and The Nature Linet Website

Another Flower

Photo by Averyanov and The Hoa Lan Vietnam Website

TYPE drawing

TYPE Drawing by King & Pantling


Drawing by Liu Chunrong and Flora of China Website


Common Name White's Calanthe [English Woman Plant Collector in India 1800's] - In China Si Chuan Xia Ji Lan

Flower Size 3/4" [1.8 cm]

Found in the the eastern Himalayas, Assam, Myanmar and north and south western Sichuan province of China in forests and shrubby slopes at elevations of 1000 to 1800 meters as a large sized, cool growing terrestrial with conic pseudobulbs enveloped by leaf sheaths and carrying usually 3, not well developed at blooming, suberect, not deciduous, ensiform to narrowly oblong-oblanceolate, acute, gradually narrowing below into the petiolate-like, pseudostem base leaves that blooms in the later spring on an erect, axillary, stout, puberulent, to 28" [to 70 cm] long, 10 to 20 flowered inflorescence with 1 to 2, tubular sheaths and persistent, reflexed, narrowly lanceolate, sparsely puberulent floral bracts.

Synonyms Calanthe wardii W.W.Sm. 1921

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 #4 1958 drawing fide; Indian Orchids, Guide to Identification and Culture vol 2 Pradhan 1979 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 62 #12 1993 drawing fide; The Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing fide; The Genus Calanthe Clayton & Cribb 2013 drawing/photo fide;