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Projecting Coelogyne
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Projecting Coelogyne
P Native Photo: Jambey Tsering
Common name: Projecting Coelogyne
Botanical name: Coelogyne porrecta    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Otochilus porrectus, Otochilus fragrans, Otochilus latifolius

Projecting Coelogyne is a small sized, tree-dwelling or rock-dwelling orchid with many almost cylindrical, arising from the tip of the last pseudobulb and appearing to be a drooping or creeping stem and carrying 2 apical, narrowly elliptic to narrowly elliptic-lanceshaped, stalked base leaves. The plant blooms in the fall on an erect, 15-20 cm long, raceme, laxly several flowered, arising from between the apical leaves and carries fragrant flowers. Flowers are white, sometimes slightly tinged with yellowish on lower surface of sepals and lip; flower-stalk and ovary 5-8 mm. Dorsal sepal is almost oblong or oblong-inverted-lanceshaped, 11-13 x about 2.5 mm, dorsally somewhat carinate, 5-veined, tip pointed or blunt; lateral sepals nearly oblong, similar in size to dorsal sepal. Petals are almost linear, 11-13 x about 0.8 mm, 3-veined. Lip is 3-lobed; lateral lobes erect, embracing column, reaching 1/3-1/2 length of column, oblong, 3-4 x 1.5-2 mm; mid-lobe ovate-elliptic, 6-7 x 4-5 mm, tip pointed; sac with 3 thickened and 2 shorter ridges extending nearly to base of mid-lobe. Projecting Coelogyne is found in the Himalayas to China and Indo-China, at altitudes of 1000-2100 m. Flowering: October-December.

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

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