Bearded Coelogyne
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Bearded Coelogyne
P Native Photo: P.S. Sivaprasad
Common name: Bearded Coelogyne
Botanical name: Coelogyne barbata    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Pleione barbata

Bearded Coelogyne is a small to medium sized, cool growing orchid growing on trees or rocks. It blooms on a long-developing, erect to arcuate, fractiflex axis up to 45 cm long. Inflorescence is up to 14 flowered, arising on a mature pseudobulb and carrying musk-scented, long-lasting flowers. Lip is white and carries 3 deep sepia-brown fringed crests at the center. Lip is nearly ovate, 2.5-3.0 x 2.4-2.8 cm, 3-lobed; lateral lobes erect, nearly nearly round; mid-lobe ovate to suboblong, about 10 x 7-8 mm, margin long fringed; callus with 3 lacerate-fringed lamellae extending to middle or near tip of mid-lobe. The plant has clustered, ovoid to pear shaped, angular, longitudinally grooved, pale green pseudobulbs enveloped completely by overlapping, persistent, papery sheaths. The plant carries 2 oblong-lanceshaped, tapering, leathery, pleated, 9-nerved, wavy leaves.Bearded Coelogyne is found in the foothills of the Himalayas in NE India, Bhutan, Nepal, upper Myanmar and China, at elevations of 1000-1800 m. Flowering: September-October.

Identification credit: Nimal Kumar, Vineeth Kumar Photographed in the Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu.

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