Coelogyne monilirachis Carr 1935 SECTION Moniliformis Carr. TYPE for the section

Photo by Peter Maxwell.

Another Angle

Photo by John Varigos.

Cool Cold Spring

Common Name The Necklace-Like Rachis Coelogyne [Refers to the charachteristic contraction of the rachis at the nodes giving it a bead-like appearance reminiscent of a necklace]

Flower Size 2.4" [6 cm]

Found in Sabah and Sarawak Borneo in lower montane forests at elevations of 1100 to 2700 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with 1/2" [1.25 cm] between each elongate, ovoid pseudobulb and carrying a single, apical, erect, elliptic, shortly acuminate, acute, membranaceous, plicate, 7 nerved, green suffused with red, gradually narrowing below into the grooved, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a hysteranthous to synanthous, elongate, arched, very slender, slightly dilated towards the apex, 7" [17.5 cm] long, to 40 flowered inflorescence arising on a mature pseudobulb with successively opening flowers.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Plants of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Orchids Wood Beaman & Beaman 1993 photo fide; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994 drawing fide; Orchids of Sarawak Beaman & Wood 2001 photo fide; The Genus Coelogyne A Synopsis, D A Clayton 2002 photo not = C monilrhachis; Genera Orchidaceaerum Volume 4 Epidendroideae Part 1 Pridgeon, Cribb and Chase 2010; The Orchids of Mount Kinabalu Vol 1 Wood, Beaman, Lamb, Chu Lun and Beaman 2011 drawing/photos fide; The Orchids of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Wood, Beaman, Lamb, Chu Lun and Beaman 2011; Les Coelogynes E & J George 2011 Collection sheet/drawing fide; A Guide to the Orchids of Kinabalu Wood 2013 photo fide