Clustered Coelogyne
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Clustered Coelogyne
ative Photo: Jis Sebastian
Common name: Clustered Coelogyne • Nepali: चाँदी गाभा Chandee Gaabhaa
Botanical name: Coelogyne corymbosa    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Pleione corymbosa

Clustered Coelogyne is an epiphytic orchid distinguished by its small pseudobulbs, and its erect clusters of only 2-4 white fragrant flowers each up to 5 cm across. Sepals and petals are white, broadly lanceshaped, lip oblong with broad blunt erect lateral lobes, the central lobe triangular-ovate, brown at base with two yellow blotches and with a white terminal part. Leaves are oblong-elliptic, 10-18 cm long. Pseudobulbs are 2.5-4 cm, borne on a thick rhizome. Clustered Coelogyne is found in Eastern Himalayas, from C. Nepal to NE India and SW China, at altitudes of 2200-3300 m. Flowering: April-June.

Identification credit: Jis Sebastian Photographed in Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary, Arunachal Pradesh.

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