Low-Lying Coelogyne
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Low-Lying Coelogyne
P Native Photo: Jambey Tsering
Common name: Low-Lying Coelogyne
Botanical name: Coelogyne demissa    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Dendrobium demissum, Panisea demissa, Coelogyne parviflora

Low-Lying Coelogyne is a miniature sized, tree-dwelling orchid with close set, narrowly ovoid to ovoid pseudobulbs carrying 1-2, lanceshaped to elliptic-lanceshaped, pleated, pointed, stalked base leaves. The plant blooms in the fall on a at branch-ends, decurved, laxly 5-8 flowered, slender, 3-4.5 cm long, raceme that is basally sheathed and has ovate, pointed membraneous, persistent floral bracts all arising on a new growth. Flowers are 1-1.2 cm across, white; flower-stalk and ovary slender, 6-9 mm. Sepals are similar, oblong-lanceshaped, weakly saccate at base, dorsally keeled, 8-12 x about 3 mm. Lip is simple, oblong, 8-12 x about 2 mm, almost pointed, sigmoidally bent, 3-veined, narrow at base, ecallose. Column is winged, about 8 mm. Low-Lying Coelogyne is found in Nepal, NE India, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and China.

Identification credit: Jambey Tsering Photographed in Sessa, West Kameng, Arunachal Pradesh.

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