Calanthe pulchra is a species of orchid. Found in Laos, Thailand, Borneo, Java, Malaysia, the Philippines and Sumatra in humid forests at elevations of 130 to 1700 meters as a medium to large sized, hot to warm growing terrestrial with close set, small pseduobulbs enveloped by leaf sheaths and carrying 5 to 6, elliptic, acuminate, plicate, gradually narrowing below into the elongate petiolate base leaf that blooms in the apring on a 20 to 24" [50 to 60 cm] long, erect, densely 40 to 60 flowered, racemose inflorescence with large, lanceolate, acute, very concave floral bracts that fall before the odorless flowers open
The small flower and hooked spur are diagnostic for this species.
Synonyms Alismorchis pulchra (Blume) Kuntze 1891; Amblyglottis pulchra Blume 1825; Calanthe curculigoides Lindl. 1833; Styloglossum nervosa Breda 1827
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