Calymmanthera montana Schltr. 1913 Drawing by Ames and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Full shade Cool Winter Possibly EARLYSummer

Common Name The Montane Calymmanthera

Flower Size

Found in New Guinea in forests at elevations of 1100 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with a short, 3 to 6 leaved stem carrying erect-spreading, linear, acute, obliquely bidentate apically leaves that blooms in the winter [possibly early summer] on a thin almost threadlike, setiform, flexuous, very lax, 1 to 2 branched, strict, as long as the leaves, .8 to 2" [2 to 5 cm] long, laxly 10 to 20 flowered inflorescence with minute, much shorter than the ovary floral bracts.

Schlechter states that the flowers are pale yellow with a slightly darker lip. He also stated that this was the smallest orchid of the genus and was easily distinguishable by the stiff, short panicles with a few branches that stand out almost horizontally.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlecher 1913 drawing fide; Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 23 1393 - 1456 Brieger 1990 drawing fide