Coelogyne rigida E.C.Parish & Rchb.f. 1874 SECTION Elatae

Plant and Inflorescence

Plant in situ Photos by Photo by Dr de Vogel from the Orchis project website


Common Name The Rigid Coelogyne [refers to the rigid form of the species] - In China Ting Jing Bei Mu Lan

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in India, Eastern Himalayas, China, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia and Laos in evergreen & deciduous forests at elevations of 700 to 1200 meters as a small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte on trees with a stout rhizome enveloped by sheaths and giving rise to narrowly oblong pseudobulbs with 1.2 to 2" [3 to 5 cm] between each one and enveloped basally by sheaths and carrying 2, elliptic, lanceolate, acuminate, 7 nerved, plicate, narrowing below in to the grooved petiolate base leaves that blooms in the summer on a hysteranthous, slender, arching, fractiflex, 3.4 to 8" [8.5 to 10 cm] long, 5 to 12 flowered inflorescence with simultaneously opening flowers and deciduous floral bracts.

Synonyms Coelogyne tricarinata Ridl. 1915; Pleione rigida (C.S.P.Parish & Rchb.f.) Kuntze 1891

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1959 drawing fide; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1959 as C tricarinata; Dansk Botanisk Arkiv Bind 29 N.R. 4 Orchid Genera in Thailand III Seidenfaden 1975 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 53 No 1 1984 photo; Orchids of Nagaland Deorani & Naithani 1995 drawing fide; The Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002; The Genus Coelogyne A synopsis Clayton 2002; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007 drawing fide; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; The Wild Orchids in Yunnan Xu Xiang Ye & Liu 2010 photos fide; Les Coelogynes E & J George 2011 photo fide