Calanthe rhodochila reconditiflora

Calanthe rhodochila Schltr. var. reconditiflora (J.J.Sm.) S.Thomas, Blumea 44 (1999) 29

Basionym: Calanthe reconditiflora

Bracts almost entirely concealing the flowers, 2-6 by 0.9-1.2 cm, becoming shorter towards apex of raceme, erect, amplexicaul, narrowly triangular, acuminate, incurved and sub-cucullate at apex, 5-9-nerved. (After Thomas, 1999).

Colours: Floral bracts pale green with delicate darker green nerves.

Habitat: Terrestrial in upper montane forest in shaded positions. Altitude 1750-2700 m.

Flowering time in the wild: January, March, April, May, October.

Distribution: Malesia (Moluccas, New Guinea), Solomon Is.

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua (Indonesia); Papua New Guinea. See map: 101-449M.JPG

Cultivation: Cool growing terrestrial, keep in shade.

Note: Differs from var. rhodochila mainly in the peculiar incurved and hood-like tips of the floral bracts.