Hidden Coelogyne
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Hidden Coelogyne
P Native Photo: Jambey Tsering
Common name: Hidden Coelogyne
Botanical name: Coelogyne occultata    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Pleione occultata, Coelogyne occultata var. uniflora

Hidden Coelogyne is a miniature to small sized, tree-dwelling or rock-dwelling orchid with obliquely attached, inverted-lanceshaped, club-shaped, pointed tip, narrowing towards the base, green, glossy, slightly grooved pseudobulbs, carrying 2, elliptic, pointed, pleated, 3-5 nerved leaves, gradually narrowing below into the grooved, stalked base. The plant blooms in the late spring and early summer on a slender, erect, 4 cm long, 1-2 flowered inflorescence arising on a newly emerging pseudobulb with persistent floral bracts and carrying simultaneously opening flowers. Flowers are white, with purple veins and 2 brownish yellow eyelike blotches. Sepals are lanceshaped or oblong-lanceshaped, 30-33 x 6-10 mm; lateral sepals slightly shorter and narrower than dorsal sepal. Petals are almost linear-inverted-lanceshaped or narrowly elliptic-inverted-lanceshaped, 30-33 x 3.5-4 mm. Lip is ovate, 20-25 x 14-16 mm, 3-lobed; lateral lobes erect, nearly nearly round; mid-lobe ovate, about 10 x 6-7 mm, tip tapering. Column is slightly arcuate, 1.5-1.8 cm, both sides winged. Hidden Coelogyne is found in East Himalaya, to Myanmar and China, at altitudes of 1300-3000 m. Flowering: June-July.

Identification credit: Jambey Tsering Photographed in Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh.

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