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Erect Coelogyne   
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Erect Coelogyne
P Native Photo: P.S. Sivaprasad
Common name: Erect Coelogyne
Botanical name: Coelogyne stricta    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Coelogyne elata, Cymbidium strictum, Pleione elata

Erect Coelogyne is an orchid growing on trees, with comparatively large sized cylindric, smooth pseudo-bulbs, sheathed at the base, as long as 6-13 cm and 4-6 cm in diameter. Bulbs are attached at a distance more than 4 cm apart on very stout sheathed rhizomes. Leaves are in pairs, slightly leathery, elliptic oblong, pointed, narrowed at the base to a long leaf-stalk. Leaves are as long as 15-25 cm and 2.5-4 cm in width. Flower-cluster-stalk arising between the leaves from the tip of the adult bulbs, rather short or of the same size of the leaves, naked on the lower portion, with many closely arranged overlapping sheaths just below the raceme. Raceme is 7-10 cm long, distichous, many flowered. Flowers are 2-4 cm across, sepals and petals pale ochre, the lip white, the middle lobe with a broad wide spot of yellow spread across and with two parallel purple streaks. The flowers are of an unpleasant smell. Sepals are nearly equal, oblong, sub-pointed, spreading, three veined. Petals very narrowed, slightly longer than the petals, sub-pointed, single veined. Lip elongate, the lower part oblong and with narrow entire side lobes, separated from the sub-round anterior lobe by an erose edged sinus; anterior lobe irregularly erose, wavy, blunt; the disc with two erose-crenulate lamellae from the base to almost tip. Erect Coelogyne is found in Bhutan, NE India, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, Vietnam, at altitudes of 1100-2000 m. Flowering: March-June.

Identification credit: P.S. Sivaprasad Photographed in BSI Botanical Garden, Yercaud, Tamil Nadu.

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