Coelogyne veitchii Rolfe 1895 SECTION Veitchiae Clayton 2002 TYPE for the section

Flower Closeup

Flower from the top Photos courtesy of André Schuiteman, Dr. E.F. de Vogel, and Jaap Vermeulen and Their Netherlands National Herbarium Website

Deep Shade Warm Cool Winter Spring Fall

Common Name or Meaning Veitch's Coelogyne [English Orchid Gardener 1800's]

Flower Size 1.3" [3.3 cm]

Found in New Guinea and the Solomon Islands in lower, shady montane forests on mossy trees at elevations of 600 to 1700 meters as a medium sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with a stout rhizome carrying, fusiform-oblong to conical-ovoid, angular pseudobulbs enveloped basally by a few evanescent sheaths and carrying 2, apical, elliptic-lanceolate, acuminate, plicate, 5 nerved, narrowing below into the channeled petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter, spring and fall on a newly matured growth, with a pendulous, 30" [75 cm] long, laxly many flowered, racemose inflorescence with persistent, inflated, brown floral bracts that almost cover the ovary and carrying simultaneously, wide opening, unscented flowers.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1911/1985 drawing fide; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; AOS Bulletin VOl 32 No 5 1963; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; The Orchids of the Solomon Islands and Bougainville Lewis & Cribb 1991 drawing/photo fide; Lowland Orchids of of Papua New Guinea Peter O'Byrne 1994; The Genus Coelogyne A Synopsis, D A Clayton 2002 photo fide; Flora Malesiana Orchids of New Guinea Vol III Shuiteman and de Vogel 2006; Genera Orchidaceaerum Volume 4 Epidendroideae Part 1 Pridgeon, Cribb and Chase 2010; Les Coelogynes E & J George 2011 photo fide