Coelogyne speciosa Lindley 1834 SECTION Speciosae Lindley TYPE for the section

Flower and Plant Photo courtesy of Jay Pfahl

FragrancePart shadeCool To WarmVARIABLE MOSTLY Spring To Summer

Common Name The Beautiful Coelogyne

Flower Size 3" [7.5 cm]

This large sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte and occasional terrestrial occurs in rainforests at elevations of 700 to 2000 meters has clustered ovoid pseudobulbs carrying a single to 2, apical, elliptic or lanceolate, acute petiolate, plicate leaves and blooms on a terminal, erect to nodding, 3" [7.5 cm] long, 1 to 3 flowered, racemose inflorescence with musky scented flowers which arise out of the center of a newly arising pseudobulb growth and can bloom at any time of the year but most often in spring and summer. It has a strange flying insect appearance, grows best in baskets with semi shade and is from Malaysia, Borneo, Java and Sumatra.

Synonyms *Chelonanthera speciosa Bl. 1825; Coelogyne speciosa subsp. fimbriata (J.J.Sm.) Gravend. 1999; Coelogyne speciosa subsp. incarnata Gravend. 1999; Coelogyne speciosa var. alba auct. 1905; Coelogyne speciosa var. albicans, Man. 1890; Coelogyne speciosa var. fimbriata J.J.Sm. 1907; Coelogyne speciosa var. incarnata (Gravend.) M.Wolff & O.Gruss 2007; Coelogyne speciosa var. major C.F.Sander, F.K.Sander & L.L.Sander 1927; Coelogyne speciosa var. rubiginosa auct. 1922; Pleione speciosa (Blume) Kuntze 1891

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1857; Die Orchideen Von Java J.J.Smith 1905; Die Orchideen Von Java Figuren Atlas J.J.Smith 1908 drawing fide; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 7 1958 drawing; AOS Bulletin Vol 32 No 5 1958 photo; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Die Orchideen lieferung 15 Schlechter/Brieger 1984 drawing good; Orchids of Java Comber 1990 photo good; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994 drawing ok; Orchids of Sumatra Comber 2001 photo fide; A to Z of South East Asian Orchid Species Vol 1 O'Byrne 2001 photo fide; The Genus Coelogyne A Synopsis, D A Clayton 2002 photo fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 69 No 2 2004 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 76 No 4 2007 photo; Genera Orchidaceaerum Volume 4 Epidendroideae Part 1 Pridgeon, Cribb and Chase 2010; Les Coelogynes E & J George 2011 photo fide

Coelogyne speciosa var. fimbriata J.J.Sm. 1907 Photo by Mr. Sonny Agus Sumarsono and The Wild Orchids of Sumatra Website

Differs from the type in the hairy lip margins

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Les Coelogynes E & J George 2011 photo fide

Coelogyne speciosa var. incarnata (Gravend.) M.Wolff & O.Gruss 2007 Photo by Pieter Brouwer and his P Base Orchid Photo Website

Differs from the type in the ochre brown sepals and petals as well as the crests on the lip.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Les Coelogynes E & J George 2011 photo fide

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