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Shining Coelogyne   
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Shining Coelogyne
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Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Shining Coelogyne
Botanical name: Coelogyne nitida    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Coelogyne ochracea, Cymbidium nitidum

Shining Coelogyne is an evergreen, epiphytic orchid, with lance-shaped, dark green leaves, about a foot long. The genus name is derived from the Greek words koilos (hollow) and gyne (woman), referring to the concave stigma. Flowers are 6-8 in erect clusters, white with a lip with rounded incurved lateral lobes with 2 yellow red-margined blotches, and with a rounded white mid-lobe with 2 orange-red spots at the base and with 2 ridges. Flowers are 4 cm across, with white sepals and petals. Pseudobulbs are cylindrical, furrowed. 7-10 cm. Shining Coelogyne is found growing on forest trees in the Himalayas, from Uttarakhand to Bhutan and Burma, at altitudes of 1500-2500 m. Flowering: April-May.

Photographed in Fambong Lho Wildlife Sanctuary, Sikkim.
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