Reddish Coelogyne
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Reddish Coelogyne
P Native Photo: Jambey Tsering
Common name: Reddish Coelogyne
Botanical name: Coelogyne rubra    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Pholidota rubra, Coelogyne undulata, Pholidota undulata

Reddish Coelogyne is a small to medium sized, tree-dwelling orchid with cylindric, bulging below the center, tapering at each end, up to 1.7 cm apart pseudobulbs carrying 2, linear-lanceshaped, tapering, 3-5 veined, pleated leaves, narrowing below into the stalked base. The plant blooms in the fall and winter on a hanging, straight to curved, wiry, 13-25 cm long, 30-60 flowered inflorescence with ovate to elliptic, pointed, inrolled, reflexed, papery floral bracts and carrying non-inverted flowers. Flowers open widely, sepals dull red greenish yellow to pale brownish yellow, lip light green yellow, pinkish to white, flower-stalk and ovary angular, 3-6.54 mm long. Dorsal sepal ovate pointed to tapering, 4.3-5.5 x 2-3.6 mm; lateral sepals ovate to obliquely elliptic, pointed to tapering, recurved to reflexed, 4.5-6 x 2.5-3.2 mm. Petals are linear-lanceshaped, blunt to somewhat pointed, 4.3-5.2 x 0.4-0.8 mm.Lip is 4-5.5 mm long; hypochile broadly ovate 2.3-3.5 x 1.5-2.3 mm. Column is slender hooded, 3-4 mm long. Reddish Coelogyne is found in East Himalaya to Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, at altitudes of 850-2000 m.

Identification credit: Jambey Tsering Photographed in Khuppi, West Kameng, Arunachal Pradesh.

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