The genus Calanthe.

The genus Calanthe. Dudley Clayton, Phillip Cribb.
The genus Calanthe.

Kota Kinabalu: Natural History Publications/Royal Botanic Gardens, 2013. Quarto, dustwrapper, photographs and illustrations, line drawings.

Calanthe is a widespread but predominantly tropical orchid genus, distributed in tropical and subtropical Asia from India across to Japan, and southwards and eastwards to north-eastern Australia and the Pacific Islands, east to Tahiti, tropical and South Africa, Madagascar, the islands of the Indian Ocean and in Central and South America and the Caribbean. The centre of diversity lies in Southeast Asia and the Malay Archipelago, while secondary centres of diversity can be found in China and New Guinea. In this work, the classification of the German botanist Rudolf Schlechter has been maintained, but seven sections in subgenus Calanthe have now been recognised, including the newly described section Monophylla to distinguish the unifolate species. To aid identification of the species of section Calanthe, it has been divided into three series: Calanthe, Sylvatica and Triplicata.

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