Coelogyne suaveolens (Lindl.) Hook.f. 1890 SECTION Lentiginosae Pfitzer

Photo by Dalton Holland Baptista

FragrancePart shadeCoolWarmSpring

Common Name The Mildly Fragrant Coelogyne - In China Shu Jing Bei Mu Lan

Flower Size 1.4" [3.5 cm]

Found in central China, Assam, eastern Himalayas and Thailand in lower montane, evergreen broad-leaved forests at elevations of 900 to 1500 meters as a small to just medium sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with 1.2 to 2.4" [3 to 6 cm] between each ovoid, obtuse pseudobulb enveloped basally by a few sheaths and carrying 2, apical, elliptic-lanceolate, acute to acuminate, plicate, 9 nerved, coriaceous, margins undulate, gradually narrowing below into the elongate, grooved petiolate base leaves that blooms in the spring on a 6" [15 cm] long, fractiflex rachis, many flowered inflorescence arising on a newly emerging pseudobulb with deciduous floral bracts and successive opening, fragrant flowers with 2 to 3 open at any one time.

Synonyms Pholidota suaveolens Lindl. 1856; Pleione suaveolens (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891

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