Calanthe coiloglossa

Calanthe coiloglossa Schltr. in K.Schum. & Lauterb., Nachtr. Fl. Deutsch. Schutzgeb. Südsee (1905) 141

Type: Schlechter 14554 (holo B, lost)

Roots elongated, glabrous, filiform, flexuose. Leaves 4-5, erect-patent, narrowly lanceolate, 40 by 2-3 cm, plicate, base gradually narrowing to the petiole, apex acuminate. Inflorescence racemose, erect, 60-70 cm long, slender, terete, glabrous, peduncle-scales few, distant, acuminate, rachis secund, laxely several-flowered. Floral bracts ovate-lanceolate, much shorter than the ovary, apex acuminate, glabrous. Pedicel and ovary 2 cm long, quickly elongating. Flowers c. 3 cm across. Dorsal sepal oblong, 2.3 cm long, apex acute. Lateral sepals obliquely ovate-oblong, 1.6 cm long, apex acuminate. Petals erect, subfalcate, obliquely oblong-spathulate, 2.4 cm long, apex shortly acuminate. Lip with a narrowly oblong basal claw, blade reniform, 1.4 by 2.4 cm, spurred, concave, apex broadly obtusely bilobulate, in the sinus with a minute triangular lobule; spur curved, subclavate, 2 cm long. Column very short, the margins adnate to the claw of the lip. Anther cucullate, in front shallowy emarginate. (After Schlechter, 1905).

Colours: Sepals and petals greenish white, lip pure white.

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

Flowering time in the wild: April.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea. See map: 101-80M.JPG

Cultivation: Warm-intermediate growing terrestrial, requires shaded position.