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

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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; 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;

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