Hairy Calanthe
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Hairy Calanthe
P Native Photo: Ashutosh Sharma
Common name: Hairy Calanthe
Botanical name: Calanthe puberula    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Calanthe amoena, Calanthe lepida, Calanthe similis

Hairy Calanthe is a terrestrial orchid with narrowly cylindric pseduobulbs carrying 4 to 5, basal, green, leaves, which are well developed at blooming, not deciduous. Leaves are elliptic to elliptic-oblong, hairless to sparsely finely velvet-hairy along the veins below, pleated, 5 veined, pointed to tapering at tip, gradually narrowing below into the stalked base. The plant blooms in the late spring and summer on 1 to 2, erect, slender, 23-40 cm long, laxly 4-10 flowered inflorescence with several, lanceshaped, sterile sheaths and persistent, lanceshaped, long tapering at tip, floral bracts. Flowers are pink, petals linear, 1.1-1.3 cm × 1-2 mm. Sepals are ovate-lanceshaped, 1.1-1.6 cm x about 5 mm. is found in the Himalayas, China, Bhutan, NE India, Japan, Nepal, N Vietnam, at altitudes of 1200-3000 m. Flowering: June-August.

Identification credit: Ashutosh Sharma Photographed in Kullu District, Himachal Pradesh.

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