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Published In: Botanical Register; consisting of coloured . . . 7: , sub pl. 573. 1821. (1 Oct 1821) (Bot. Reg.) Name publication detailView in BotanicusView in Biodiversity Heritage Library

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Contributor Text: J. RENZ
General/Distribution: c. 100 species throughout tropical regions; in subtropical and temperate Himalaya ascending up to 3500 m. Represented in Pakistan by 2 species.


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Terrestrial plants, variable in size, with homoblastic leafy pesudo-bulbs or pseudobulbous stems. Leaves 2 or several, sessile or petiolate, plicate. Scape lateral from the pseudobulb or from a leaf-axil, with rather loose, few to many-flowered raceme. Bracts persistent or deciduous. Flowers showy, resupinate, white or variously coloured. Perianth segments subequal in length. Labellum with or without spur, 3-lobed, attached to the base of the column or more or less to its whole length, disk usually lamellate. Column usually short; anther terminal, incumbent, conical; pollinia 8, clavate, sometimes unequal, fixed in pairs to short caudicles, attached to a viscid gland; stigma entire. Ovary with pedicel; ripe seed-capsules drooping.

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1 Labellum without spur, slightly saccate at base, brownish-red 1 Calanthe tricarinata
+ Labellum with slender spur, ± equalling the ovary in length, pale dull violet 2 Calanthe plantaginea
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