Calanthe hololeuca

Calanthe hololeuca Rchb.f. in Seem., Fl. Vitiensis (1868) 298

Type: Seemann 607 (holo W 42047; iso K)

Roots elliptic, filiform, flexuose, tomentose. Stem 3-4-leaved. Leaves erect, linear-lanceolate, 60 by 2.5 cm, gradually narrowing to the petiole, plicate, apex acuminate. Inflorescences racemose, erect, 45 cm long; rachis 7 cm long, rather densely several to many-flowered. Floral bracts lanceolate, longer than the ovary, apex acuminate. Pedicel and ovary 1 cm long, clavate. Dorsal sepal lanceolate-oblong, 0.9 cm long, apex acuminate. Lateral sepals obliquely lanceolate-oblong, 0.9 cm long, slightly narrower than the median sepal, apex acuminate. Petals obliquely lanceolate, somewhat widened in the middle along the posterior margin, 0.8 cm long, apex acuminate. Lip 3-lobed, clawed, spurred, 0.8 by 0.4 cm including the 0.3 cm long, linear claw, which is provided with two longitudinal ridges; lateral lobes small, obliquely ovate-lanceolate, acute, mid-lobe much larger, oblong, shortly acuminate; spur subcylindric, 0.4 cm long, acute. Column short, along its margins adnate to the claw of the lip. Anther ovate, in front acuminate.
(After Schlechter, 1905, as C. neohibernica Schltr.).

Colours: Flower pure white.

Habitat: Terrestrial in leaf-litter in hill forest. Altitude 600 m.

Flowering time in the wild: July.

Distribution: New Guinea, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Horne Islands.

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea. See map: 101-168M.JPG

Cultivation: Warm-intermediate growing terrestrial, keep in shade.