Coelogyne lactea Rchb.f. 1885 SECTION Flaccidae Lindl Photo by Ron Parsons

Typical color atypical lip Photo by Allen Black


Common Name The Milk White Coelogyne

Flower Size

Found in Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam at elevations around 1100 meters as a small sized, cool growing epiphyte with ovoid to ovoid-elliptic pseudobulbs carrying 2, apical, oblong-elliptic, acute gradually narrowing below intothe petiolate base leaves that blooms in the winter on a erect, 8" [20 cm] long, simultaneously several flowered inflorescence.

Often cited as a synonym of C flacida and very similar in most all respects yet differs in this one having different calli on the lip and more projection on the column.

Synonyms Coelogyne huettneriana var. lactea (Rchb.f.) Pfitzer 1907; Pleione lactea (Rchb.f.) Kuntze 1891

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as C huettneriana var lactea; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing fide; Dansk Botanisk Arkiv Bind 29 N.R. 4 Orchid Genera in Thailand IIISeidenfaden 1975 drawing fide; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 15 881 - 944 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1984 drawing ok/photo fide; The Manual of Cultivated Orchids Bechtel, Cribb, Launert 1992 drawing good; Identification of the Orchids [Orchidaceae Juss.] Vietnam Averyanov 1994;Australian Orchid Review Vol 69 No 2 2004 photo; Les Coelogynes E & J George 2011 as Synonym of C flaccida; Wild Orchids of Myanmar Taunggyi 2014 photo fide; Wild Orchids of Myanmar Taunggyi 2014 as C lactea var alba photo fide;