Varnished Coelogyne
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Varnished Coelogyne
P Native Photo: Chon C.
Common name: Varnished Coelogyne
Botanical name: Coelogyne vernicosa    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Dickasonia vernicosa, Kalimpongia narajitii

Varnished Coelogyne is a miniature sized, tree-dwelling orchid with pseudobulbs that are small, smooth and round and carry a single, apical lanceshaped to lanceshaped-elliptic, pointed, membraneous, 5 to 7 veined, pleated leaf. The plant blooms in the spring on a pendant, 4.5-10 cm long, few to several flowered, raceme arising from the base of the mature pseudobulb. The flowers are white, 1 to 1.3 cm across, having a slightly musky smell and have 4 pollina. Varnished Coelogyne is found in NE India to Myanmar.

Identification credit: Chon C. Photographed in Ukhrul, Manipur.

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