Found in China, Korea, Japan and the Ryukyus in shady and moist places in dense evergreen broad-leaved forests at elevations of 780 to 1500 meters.
Calanthe discolor is a small sized, cool to cold growing, semi-evergreen terrestrial with small pseudobulbs sheathed basally by leaf bases and carrying 2 to 4, elliptic-lanceolate to obovate-oblong, minutely pubescent above leaves and narrowing below into a sulcate petiole which blooms in the spring on terminal, lax, 2' [60 cm] long inflorescence with a loosely several [10 to 15] flowered racemose inflorescence with the rachis minutely pubescent and carrying mushroom scented flowers. [/i]
Easily grown in a pot in semi-shade, I have mine under the staging. Just ensure it doesn't completely dry out.
This is a Calanthe hybrid I acquired a few of years ago when the national mail order nursery ( Thompson & Morgan) were selling them off cheap at the end of the season. ( We like a good bargain ;D). No problems with this one for hardiness.