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Calanthe davidii David's Calanthe


David's Calanthe, Calanthe davidii


Calanthe davidii Franch. 1888 Photo by Min I Weng and Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Common Name David's Calanthe - In China Jian Ye Xia Ji Lan

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in the western Himalayas, Nepal, eastern Himalayas, Shaanxi, Gansu, Hubei, Hunan, Sichuan, Guizhou, Yunnana and Xizang China, Japan, Taiwan and Vietnam in shady locations in forests along valleys at eleavtions of 500 to 3300 meters as a large sized warm to cold growing terrestrial with no obvious pseudobulb or rhizome with pseudostems carrying 3 to 4, gladiate to linear, plicate, 3 veined, glabrous, elongate, acute, narrowing below into the elongate or not, petiolate base leaves that blooms in the late spring and early summer on an axillary, erect, thick, densely pubescent, to 48" [120 cm] long, racemose, many flowered inflorescence with persistent, herbaceous, retroflexed, narrowly lanceolate, almost as long as the ovary floral bracts.

Synonyms Alismorkis pachystalyx (Rchb.f. ex Hook.f.) Kuntze 1891; Calanthe bungoana Ohwi 1936; Calanthe davidii var. bungoana (Ohwi) T.Hashim. 1987; Calanthe furcata f. matsudae (Hayata) M.Hiroe 1971; Calanthe matsudae Hayata 1920; Calanthe pachystalix Rchb.f. ex Hook.f. 1890;