Brown-Flower Coelogyne
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Brown-Flower Coelogyne
P Native Photo: Jambey Tsering
Common name: Brown-Flower Coelogyne
Botanical name: Coelogyne griffithii    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Pleione griffithii

Brown-Flower Coelogyne is a miniature sized, tree-dwelling or occasional rock-dwelling on mossy rocks with an linear-oblong, compressed, grooved pseudobulb enveloped by tapering sheaths and carrying 2, apical, erect, leathery, pleated, 6 to 7 nerved, elliptic-lanceshaped, tapering leaf that gradually narrows below into the elongate, stalked base. The plant blooms in the spring on a slender, erect, hairless, 15-35 cm long, successively single, 6 to 18 flowered inflorescence. Flowers are light brownish, about 2.5 cm in diameter. Sepals are broadly oblong, 10-13 x about 6 mm, hairless, 3-veined, tapering. Petals are 10-13 x about 1 mm, very slender, hairless, 1-veined, blunt; lip 3-lobed; lateral lobes rounded with broad crenulations; mid-lobe narrowly flat at base, entire, wavy, recurved; callus with 5 prominent, short lamellae, outer ones broader. Column is about 5 mm, hood narrowly winged with wings sawtoothed. Brown-Flower Coelogyne is found in NE India, Myanmar and SE Yunnan, at altitudes of 1300-1600 m.

Identification credit: Jambey Tsering Photographed in Sessa Orchid Sanctuary, Arunachal Pradesh.

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