Calanthe woodii P.J.Cribb 2009 SUBGENUS Calanthe SECTION Calanthe

Photo by Anthony Lamb

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Common Name or Meaning Wood's Calanthe [J J Woods English Botanist in Borneo current]

Flower Size 1.6" [4 cm]

Found in Sabah Borneo near Mount Kinabalu in upper montane forests in shade of gullies and by streams at elevations of 2500 to 2850 meters as a large to giant sized, cold growing terrestrial orchid with clustered pseudobulbs carrying 2 to 3 suberect, elliptic-lanceolate, acuminate, gradually narrowing below into the petiolate base leaves that blooms in the spring and again in the later summer on an erect, terminal, peduncel sparsely pubescent, 20 to 32" [50 to 80 cm] long, rachis pubescent 2 to 2.64" [5 to 6.6 cm] long, laxly many flowered inflorescence with 2, elliptic, sterile bracts and ligulate-lancelate, acuminate glabrous, spreading floral bracts.

Many references mistook this exclusively Bornean species for C transiens which is a high elevation Sumatran species with shorter curved bracts, shorter sepals, shorter petals, no crenulation to the lip midlobe and a short straight spur.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Plants of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Orchids Wood Beaman & Beaman 1993 as C transiens photo fide; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994 as C transiens drawing ok; The Orchids of Mount Kinabalu Vol 1 Wood, Beaman, Lamb, Chu Lun and Beaman 2011 photo fide; The Orchids of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Wood, Beaman, Lamb, Chu Lun and Beaman 2011 Drawing fide; The Genus Calanthe Clayton & Cribb 2013 drawing/photo fide;