Ocher Yellow Coelogyne
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Ocher Yellow Coelogyne
ative Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Ocher Yellow Coelogyne
Botanical name: Coelogyne fuscescens    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)

Ocher Yellow Coelogyne is a medium to large sized creeping epiphytic orchid with erect, clustered, cylindric-spindle-shaped, deeply grooved with age pseudobulbs. Each pseudobulb carries 2 inverted-lance-shaped to oblong-elliptic, acute, 6 nerved leaves at the top. The leaves gradually narrow at the base in to a short stalk. Flowers are borne in a raceme, from the base of pseudobulb, sheathed at base, shorter than the leaves. Racemes are dropping, few-flowered. Flowers are pale-brown or ocher- yellow, large, about 4 cm across. Bracts are ovate, acute, about 2.5 cm long. Sepals are lance-shaped, concave, 4 cm long. Petals are as long as sepals, linear, pointed, 3 nerved. Lip is pale brown with dark brown spots, about 3.5 cm long, 3-lobed. Sidelobes are small, recurved, blunt; midlobe broadly ovate, pointed. Ocher Yellow Coelogyne is found in the mountain forests of NE India, at altitudes of 600-2100 m. Flowering: October-December.

Identification credit: Pankaj Kumar, Hussain Barbhuiya Photographed in Assam & Mizoram.

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