Calanthe vestita Lindl. 1833 SECTION Preptanthe Photo courtesy of
Nik Fahmi and his Vortex Orchid Page.
Part sun Cool To Warm Winter
Common Name The Calanthe that is Surrounded by Bracts
Flower Size up to 2 1/2"to 3" [6.25 to 7.5 cm]
A medium sized, hot to cool growing, terrestrial or occasional
lithophytic orchid found in Myanamar, Vietnam, Lower Thailand,
Malaysia, Sumatra, Borneo and Sulawesi in forests on limestone in
hill forests at elevations of 600 to 1000 meters with subconical
bluntly angled, pale greenish grey pseudobulbs carring broadly
lanceolate, acuminate, prominently ribbed underneath, deciduous
leaves that narrow basally into a channeled and winged petiole and
blooms in the winter on a basal, suberect and then nodding 3' [90
cm] long, 6 to 15 flowered, racemose inflorescence with the peduncle
pubescent and the bracts, ovate-lanceolate, and the fragile
textured, long-lived flowers all arising before the leaves. This
terrestrial species needs a dry winter rest as the leaves yellow and
fall off and then, after the plant has bloomed, repot and wait for
the new growth to appear to resume watering.
Synonyms Alismorchis vestita (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; Amblyglottis
pilosa de Vriese ex Lindl. 1854; Calanthe grandiflora Rolfe 1901;
Calanthe melinosema Schltr. 1925; Calanthe padangensis Schltr. ex
Mansf. 1934; Calanthe pilosa (de Vriese ex Lindl.) Miq. 1859;
Calanthe regnieri Rchb.f 1883; Calanthe turneri Rchb.f. 1883;
Calanthe vestita var. sumatrana Schltr. 1911; Calanthe vestita var.
turneri Veitch in ?; Calanthe violacea Rolfe 1913; Cytheris
griffithii Wight 1852; Phaius vestitus (Wall. ex Lindl.) Rchb.f.
1867; Preptanthe vestita Rchb.f 1852-3; Preptanthe villosa Rchb.f