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Orchid Species: Cytheris griffithii

Kew currently accepted name is Calanthe vestita

Cytheris griffithii is an orchid species identified by Wight in 1851. Culture information and photos for this orchid are commonly detailed under the currently accepted name of Calanthe vestita.
Genus
Cytheris (Cytheris.)
Grex
griffithii
Parents
Species
Author
Wight
Year
1851
ORIGIN: Found in Myanmar, Vietnam, lower Thailand, Malaysia, Sumatra, Borneo and Sulawesi in forests on limestone in hill forests at elevations of sea level to 1000 meters.

DESCRIPTION: A medium sized, hot to warm growing, terrestrial or occasional lithophytic orchid with subconical bluntly angled, pale greenish grey pseudobulbs carrying 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.

FLOWER SIZE: Up to 2 1/2to 3 inches [6.25 to 7.5 cm] -- information provided by Jay Pfahl, author of the Internet Orchid Species Encyclopedia (IOSPE).
Other Names
Genus Name Genus Grex Name Year Author
Add+ Calanthe Cal williamsii 1885 (T.Moore) B.S.Williams
Add+ Calanthe Cal regnieri 1883 Rchb.f.
Add+ Calanthe Cal turneri 1883 (B.S.Williams) Rchb.f.
Add+ Calanthe Cal vestita var. gigantea
Add+ Amblyglottis Amblyglottis pilosa 1855 de Vriese ex Lindl.
Add+ Calanthe Cal augusti-reigneri 1894 auct.
Add+ Calanthe Cal melinosema 1925 Schltr.
Add+ Phaius Phaius vestitus 1867 (Wall. ex Lindl.) Rchb.f.
Add+ Calanthe Cal hennisii 1909 Loher
Add+ Calanthe Cal papuana 1929 (Schltr.) J.J.Sm.
Add+ Preptanthe Pr villosa 1857 Rchb.f.
Add+ Calanthe Cal stevensii 1894 B.S.Williams
Add+ Calanthe Cal vestita 1833 Wall. ex Lindl.
Add+ Aulostylis Ass papuana 1912 Schltr.
Add+ Preptanthe Pr vestita 1853 (Wall. ex Lindl.) Rchb.f.
Add+ Alismorkis Alismorkis vestita 1891 (Wall. ex Lindl.) Kuntze
Add+ Calanthe Cal darblayana 1889 God.-Leb.
Add+ Calanthe Cal pilosa 1859 (de Vriese ex Lindl.) Miq.
Add+ Calanthe Cal stevensiana 1883 Regnier ex Rchb.f.
Add+ Preptanthe Pr papuana 2014 (Schltr.) T.Yukawa & P.J.Cribb
Add+ Calanthe Cal padangensis 1934 Schltr. ex Mansf.
Most awarded/recent cultivars: Cal. hennisii 'Chestnut' (2000)
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