Coelogyne benkii Cavestro 2018 SECTION Ptychogyne (Pfitzer & Kraenzlin) D.A.Clayton TYPE Photo by Gus Benk and The Die Orchidee Website

Common Name Benk's Coelogyne [German Manager of Jungle Orchid West Java Indonesia current]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Sulawesi at elevations around 800 meters as a small sized, warm growing epiphyte witha short, creeping rhizome giving rise to ovoid to conical pseudobulbs enveloped basally by chartaceous scales and carrying 2, apical, erect, lanceolate, 4 to 5 nerved, acute apically leaves that blooms in the winter on an erect then arching, peduncle short, rachis 4.8 to 10" [12 to 25 cm] long, to 25 flowered inflorescence with light brown to light pink, shorter than the flowers floral bracts and carrying flowers that mostly open simultaneously.

This species is similar to Coel. flexuosa Rolfe but differs by the oblong (not orbicular) side lobes and a triangular (not oblong-ovate) labellum midlobe.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orchidee (Hamburg) 4(2)E: 11 Cavestro 2018 photo/drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 83 #2 2019 photo fide;