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Orchid Species: Calanthe masuca

Calanthe masuca is an orchid species identified by (D.Don) Lindl. in 1833.
Calanthe (Cal.)
(name currently accepted by Kew)
(D.Don) Lindl.
ORIGIN: Found in Sri Lanka, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Sikkim, Guangdong, Guangxi, Hong Kong, Hunan, southeastern Tibet and southern Yunan provinces of China, Hong Kong, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak Borneo, Java, Sumatra, Sulawesi and the Ryukyus Islands in temperate forests at elevations of 400 to 1500 meters.

DESCRIPTION: Small sized, hot to cool growing terrestrial orchid with small, narrowly conical pseudobulbs and several, plicate, broadly elliptic, acute, narrowing below into the petiolate or sessile base leaves that blooms in the late summmer and early fall on an erect, 5 to 6 inches [12.5 to 15 cm] long, successively several to many inches [10 to 15] flowered inflorescence

-- information provided by Jay Pfahl, author of the Internet Orchid Species Encyclopedia (IOSPE).
Most awarded/recent cultivars: Cal. kintaroi 'La Rocaille' (2 awards in 1968) Cal. textori 'Trident' (2001) Cal. masuca 'Elvena' (1967)
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