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Useful Tropical Plants

Calanthe calanthoides

(A.Rich. & Galeotti) Hamer & Garay

Orchidaceae

+ Synonyms

Alismorkis cubensis (Linden & Rchb.f.) Kuntze

Alismorkis granatensis (Rchb.f.) Kuntze

Alismorkis mexicana (Rchb.f.) Kuntze

Calanthe cubensis Linden & Rchb.f.

Calanthe granatensis Rchb.f.

Calanthe mexicana Rchb.f.

Ghiesbreghtia calanthoides A.Rich. & Galeotti

Ghiesbreghtia mexicana (Rchb.f.) Schltr.

Common Name:

Calanthe calanthoides
Illustration of the flowering stem (drawing on left side)
Photograph by: Heinrich Gustav Reichenbach: Xenia orchidacea - vol. 1 1858
Public domain

General Information

Calanthe calanthoides is a terrestrial orchid growing 30cm or more tall[
342
Title
Flora of Jamaica
Publication
 
Author
Fawcett. W. & Rendle. A. B.
Publisher
British Museum
Year
1910
ISBN
 
Description
Rather dated, so many name changes. Nevertheless, a very good guide to the plants of the Caribbean. The book is out of copyright and can be legally downloaded from various websites.
].
It is sometimes gathered from the wild for local medicinal use.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

342
Title
Flora of Jamaica
Publication
 
Author
Fawcett. W. & Rendle. A. B.
Publisher
British Museum
Year
1910
ISBN
 
Description
Rather dated, so many name changes. Nevertheless, a very good guide to the plants of the Caribbean. The book is out of copyright and can be legally downloaded from various websites.

Range

Northern S. America - Colombia through Central America to Mexico and the Caribbean.

Habitat

Damp, shady places at elevations of 1,150 - 1,680 metres in Jamaica[
342
Title
Flora of Jamaica
Publication
 
Author
Fawcett. W. & Rendle. A. B.
Publisher
British Museum
Year
1910
ISBN
 
Description
Rather dated, so many name changes. Nevertheless, a very good guide to the plants of the Caribbean. The book is out of copyright and can be legally downloaded from various websites.
].

Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitPerennial
Height0.40 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The powdered petals and sepals are used as a styptic to stop nose bleeds[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
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