Coelogyne odoratissima Lindl.1830 SECTION Lentignosa Photo by Karl Senghas and the Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria

Original Drawing Drawing by Reichenbach


Common Name The Fragrant Coelogyne

Flower Size 1.6" [4 cm]

Found in southern India and Sri Lanka in subtropical lower and upper montane forests at elevations of 1000 to 2700 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with clustered, ovoid to almost round pseudobulbs enveloped basally by basal sheaths and carrying 2, apical, membraneous, shape variable, elliptic-lanceolate, acute, plicate, 5 nerved, gradually narrowing below into the petiolate base leaves that blooms in the late summer and fall on a synanthous, slender, basal, erect, 2 to 4" [5 to 10 cm] long, simultaneously 2 to 5 flowered inflorescence with persistent floral bracts and carrying waxy, fragrant flowers

Synonyms Coelogyne angustifolia A.Rich 1841; Coelogyne trifida Rchb.f. 1863; Pleione odoratissima (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae vol 2 Rchb.f 1868 as Coelogyne trifida drawing; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; AOS Bulletin Vol 32 No 5 1963; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Indian Orchids, Guide to Identification and Culture vol 2 Pradhan 1979 drawing fide; A Revised Handbook to the Flora of Ceylon Dassanayake & Fosberg 1981 drawing fide; Orchids of Nilgiris Joseph 1987 drawing fide; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 photo fide; The Manual of Cultivated Orchids Bechtel, Cribb, Launert 1992 as C trifidadrawing fide; The Genus Coelogyne A Synopsis, D A Clayton 2002 photo fide; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007 drawing fide; Les Coelogynes E & J George 2011 as C angustifolia drawing good; Les Coelogynes E & J George 2011 photo fide;