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Calanthe cardioglossa Heart-Shaped Lip Calanthe


Heart-Shaped Lip Calanthe, Calanthe cardioglossa


Calanthe cardioglossa Schltr. 1906 SECTION Preptanthe Photo courtesy of David Kuehn .

Common Name The Heart-Shaped Lip Calanthe - In Thailand - Ueang Liam

Flower Size 1" Across [2.5 cm]

Found in Thailand, Laos and Vietnam at elevations of 400 to 1900 meters as a medium sized, hot to cool growing growing terrestrial with ovoid, pyramidical, 5 to 6 ridged [when dry] pseudobulbs carrying 3 apical elliptic-lanceolate, acuminate, petiolate leaves that blooms in the fall on a basal, erect, pubescent, 2 1/2' [75 cm] long, loosely several to many [10 to 15] flowered inflorescence with ovate-lanceolate, narrow floral bracts with 10 to 20, showy flowers.

This species and C succedeana are very similar and differ mostly in that this species has leaves when blooming and has acute sepals and strong keels on the lip.

Synonyms Calanthe biloba auct. non Lindl. 1900; Calanthe fuerstenbergiana Krzl. 1927; Calanthe hosseusiana Kraenzl. 1909