Lance-Lip Coelogyne
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Lance-Lip Coelogyne
P Native Photo: M. Sawmliana
Common name: Lance-Lip Coelogyne
Botanical name: Coelogyne lancilabia    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Otochilus lancilabius, Otochilus albus var. lancilabius

Lance-Lip Coelogyne is a small to medium sized, tree-dwelling orchid with almost cylindrical, elongate-spindle-shaped to club-shaped, basally sheathed pseudobulbs carrying elliptic-lanceshaped to oblong-lanceshaped leaves, which are pointed to tapering, narrowing below into the narrow stalked base. The plant blooms in the fall through spring on a decurvevd, 13-18.5 cm long, lax, few flowered inflorescence in leaf-axils, carried on a flower-cluster-stalk with overlapping, linear, broad, pointed floral bracts. Flowers are white, 1.5-2.2 cm; flower-stalk and ovary 1-1.2 cm. Dorsal sepal linear-oblong, boat-shaped, 13-15 x about 2 mm, 5-veined, pointed; lateral sepals somewhat oblique. Petals are linear, about 14 x 0.7 mm, 3-veined, pointed; lip 3-lobed; lateral lobes erect, embracing column, reaching about 1/4 length of column, triangular-ovate, 15-20 x about 0.5 mm; mid-lobe oblong-lanceshaped, 10-12 x 2.5-3 mm, base shortly clawed, tip tapering. Column is almost club-shaped, 1.3-1.4 cm. Lance-Lip Coelogyne is found in the Himalayas to China and Indo-China, at altitudes of 1500-2800 m. Flowering: October-November.

Identification credit: Saroj Kasaju, Pankaj Kumar Photographed in Durtlang, Mizoram.

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