Chinese Coelogyne
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Chinese Coelogyne
P Native Photo: Jambey Tsering
Common name: Chinese Coelogyne
Botanical name: Coelogyne chinensis    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Pholidota chinensis, Coelogyne corniculata, Coelogyne pholas

Chinese Coelogyne is a small sized, rock-dwelling and tree-dwelling orchid that is with ovoid, grooved pseudobulbs carrying 3, ovate-oblong to linear-lanceshaped leaves that blooms in the spring on a 15-30 cm long, drooping inflorescence that arises from the tip of a new growth before or as it develops the new leaves, with many fragrant flowers. Flowers are white or tinged yellowish; flower-stalk and ovary 4-8 mm. Dorsal sepal is elliptic or ovate-elliptic, boat-shaped, 7-10 x 4.5-6 mm, dorsally slightly carinate; lateral sepals ovate-lanceshaped, slightly narrower than dorsal sepal, prominently carinate. Petals are lanceshaped, 9-10 x 1-2.5 mm. Lip is broadly ovate in outline, slightly 3-lobed, basal half saccate and with 2 nearly round lateral lobes on both sides; mid-lobe ovate, 4-5 x 4-5 mm, with a short sharp point. Column is 4-5 mm, winged above middle; rostellum broadly strap-shaped. Chinese Coelogyne is found from Arunachal Pradesh to China, Myanmar, Thailand, Tibet, Vietnam, at altitudes of 900-2100 m. Flowering: April-May.

Identification credit: Jambey Tsering Photographed in Namdapha National Park, Arunachal Pradesh.

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