Schultes' Coelogyne
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Schultes' Coelogyne
P Native Photo: Nidhan Singh
Common name: Schultes' Coelogyne
Botanical name: Coelogyne schultesii    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Coelogyne longipes var. verruculata

Schultes' Coelogyne is a miniature to small sized, warm to cool growing orchid growing on trees and rocks. Pseudobulbs are ovoid to narrowly ovoid, 2.5-6 x 1.5-2 cm, thinly wrinkled when dried, sheathing at base, with 2 leaves at tip. Leaf blade narrowly elliptic or narrowly oblong, 10-16 x 1.3-2.7 cm, leathery, narrowed toward both ends, tip tapering; leaf-stalk 3-7.5 cm. Flowers open before the leaves. Flower-clusters are 12-45 cm, with overlapping, convolute, sheathing sterile bracts at interface between flower-cluster-stalk and axis; axis 3-6-flowered, slightly flexuose; floral bracts falling off; flower-stalk and ovary 1-1.2 cm. Flowers are dark green-yellow, with brown lip. Sepals are narrowly ovate-oblong, 13-15 x about 5 mm, 5-7-veined, tip pointed. Petals are linear or linear-lanceshaped, 10-11 x about 1 mm, 1-veined, narrowed from base to tip; lip nearly ovate-oblong, 10-13 mm, near middle 3-lobed; lateral lobes subovate; mid-lobe nearly broadly oblong, tip wavy and notched; callus with 2 longitudinal lamellae 2-2.5 mm. Column arcuate, about 11 mm, upper part with nearly round wings; wings 4-5 mm, about 1.5 mm wide on one side. Schultes' Coelogyne is found in S and W Yunnan, Bhutan, NE India, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand, Vietnam, at altitudes of about 1700 m. Flowering: July-August.

Identification credit: Pankaj Kumar Photographed in Shillong, Meghalaya.

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