Sticky Coelogyne
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Sticky Coelogyne
P Native Photo: Jambey Tsering
Common name: Sticky Coelogyne
Botanical name: Coelogyne viscosa    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Pleione viscosa, Coelogyne graminifolia, Pleione graminifolia

Sticky Coelogyne is a medium sized, tree-dwelling or rock-dwelling orchid with clustered, narrow ovoid or spindle-shaped, grooved, glossy pseudobulbs carrying 2, lanceshaped, pleated, finely nerved, pointed leaves with a tapering, grooved stalked base. The plant blooms on an erect, 2-4 flowered, 10-15 cm long, slender, very slightly fractiflex axis, racemose inflorescence. The inflorescence has deciduous floral bracts and carryies simultaneously opening, fragrant flowers. Flowers are white, tinged with brown and with yellow spots on lip. Dorsal sepal is oblong, about 23 x 7 mm, tip blunt; lateral sepals slightly narrower, about 5 mm wide, below slightly keeled. Petals are similar to lateral sepals; lip ovate, about 20 x 15 mm, 3-lobed; lateral lobes erect, nearly ovate, tip blunt; mid-lobe almost ovate, 7-8 x about 5 mm, tip tapering. Column is slightly arching, about 12 mm, winged on both sides; wings widened toward column tip, about 1.5 mm wide on one side in upper part. Sticky Coelogyne is found in East Himalaya to China and SE Asia, at altitudes of 700-2000 m. Flowering: September-November.

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

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