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Calanthe vestita Calanthe that is Surrounded by Bracts



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 1857