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Orchid Species: Calanthe densiflora

Calanthe densiflora is an orchid species identified by This is a natural hybrid in 1833.
Genus
Calanthe (Cal.)
Grex
densiflora
(name currently accepted by Kew)
Parents
Species
Author
This is a natural hybrid
Year
1833
ORIGIN: Found in northeastern India, Myanmar, China, Taiwan and Vietnam in broad leaved mixed forests and along streamsides and valleys at elevations of 1000 to 3000 meters.

DESCRIPTION: Medium to just large sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with a wavy, fusiform, fibrous rhizome with roots widely spaced and giving rise to 2 to 3, plicate, prominently 5 veined below, narrowly elliptic to oblong-elliptic, acute to acuminate, narrowing into the grooved petiolate base leaves that blooms in the fall arising from the apex of the rhizome, short, globose-corymbose to cylindric, 4 to 8.4 [10 to 21 cm] long, densely many flowered inflorescence enveloped by tubular, inflated, avate, acute sheaths and carrying cauducous, elliptic-lanceolate, acute floral bracts.

FLOWER SIZE: 0.8 inches [2 cm] -- information provided by Jay Pfahl, author of the Internet Orchid Species Encyclopedia (IOSPE).
Other Names
Genus Name Genus Grex Name Origin
Add+ Phaius Phaius epiphyticus
Add+ Calanthe Cal kazuoi
Add+ Styloglossum Styloglossum densiflorum
Most awarded/recent cultivars: Cal. densiflora 'Knob Creek' (1980)
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