Calanthe plantaginea Lindl., Gen. Sp. Orchid. Pl. 250 1833. (Synonyms: Alismorkis lindleyana (Lindl.) Kuntze, Revis. Gen. Pl. 2: 650 (1891)).
Distribution: Himalaya to China (Yunnan)

*Calanthe plantagenia ABMAR01/10 : 8 posts by 4 authors. 8 images.
Another first for me and I was quite excited to have found it—a bruised plant first and then a group of 5-6 plants on a slope difficult to reach for a good photograph. Flowers had a strong aroma and seedpod like pods were either empty or had a cottony filling. Please advise if I am wrong in identifying it.
Calanthe plantageniaPlantain Orchid
Above Mcleodganj, Dharamshala, HP
1800m 27 March 2016

Very beautiful find …, really nice to see..

I agree with generic level id, thanks for sharing beautiful pics !!

Thank you once again …. Would you suggest another possibility within Calanthe here at this time of the year? Please advise.

Very-2 nice details.

You can find Calanthe tricarinata in days to come.. meanwhile let the confirmation come from experts for specific level id..!!

I think matches with other images at Calanthe plantaginea

What a beauty!! Calanthe plantaginea !!

Read description in China flora, illustrations are also there

I photographed the first buds this season on 5 March and visited the same plants at least twice a week. On 18 March, I found some flowers out, on the 20th some more and finally on the 23rd I photographed the full spikes open. Here are some photographs.

All photos of this Calanthe plantaginea are taken above Dal Lake at about 1950m on the mountain path to Guna Devi temple.
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Superb images.


Almora, Uttarakhand: April 2010; Calanthe plantaginea var. plantaginea – efloraofindia | Google Groups


Location : Kalatope sanctuary Chamba
Altitude 2300 mts
Plant habitat: wild
height: 20 inches
time of blooming: april

The plant here is Calanthe plantaginea Lindl., Gen. Sp. Orchid. Pl.: 250 (1833). It has been reported from Himachal in past but your collection seems to have been made after a long gap.

Himachal is very much unexplored with respect to orchids. I remember in one week of my stay in Himachal we found 4 new records for the state. Unfortunately we couldnt publish them somehow.

The Calanthe season is in full swing… as id’d by ….. Calanthe plantaginea

Orchid… is it..??: This was one of the first flowers I had photographed in the beginning for its sheer beauty… I had just started photographing and not really with the idea of identification…. so you’ll pardon me if I don’t know much except…
it was around the month of April again in Kalatope Sanctuary, Chamba, HP
alt 2300 mts plant height approx 20 inches

SK1014 14 MAR-2018 : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (2)- 2 Mb or more.
Location Godawari Botanical Garden, Nepal
Elevation :  5000 ft.
Date : 9 March 2013
Habit : Cultivated

Very pretty. … and I found this in Binoj Wildlife Sanctuary recently. Very nice fragrance too.

Calanthe plantaginea. It is found in Nepal in wild.
Here is one of our pics with smiling Balkar sir.
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Calanthe plantaginea Lindl. – Orcihd: 10 very high resolution images.

Location: Godawari, Lalitpur
Date: 11 March 2021
Altitude: 1600m.
Habitat : Wild


Calanthe plantaginea Lindl.: 7 very high res. images.

Location: Godawari, Lalitpur
Date: 02 March 2024
Altitude: 1600m.

Habitat : Wild 

Syn : Vernonia extensa Wall. ex DC.

Nepali Name : पङ्खा फूल Pankhaa Phool

Yes lovely Calanthe plantaginea.