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Calanthe oblanceolata

20th April 2010

Don't take any notice of the name, this is probably NOT Calanthe oblanceolata.

The problem is, I can't find a decent description of what Calanthe oblanceolata should look like. It is a Japanese species allied to C.nipponica.
This plant came from a dealer in 2007 and was almost certainly recently imported from China. I think it is actually Calanthe tricarinata, the three distinctive keels on the labellum are probably the significant factor.
In the meantime I struggle on in ignorance and in the hope that one day there will be enough time to identify these things properly.