Coelia bella (Lem.) Rchb. f. 1861 Photo by Eric Hunt and his Orchid Species Photo Website

Plant and Flowers Photo courtesy of David Banks Australia copyrighted

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Common Name or Meaning The Beautiful Coelia

Flower Size More than 2" [more than 5 cm]

This medium to large sized, terrestrial and occasional epiphytic species with clustered, ellipsoid to ovoid, olive green pseudobulbs with up to 5 apical, narrowly lanceolate, acuminate, plicate, glossy green leaves that is found in Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala in rainforests at elevations of 500 to 1500 meters where it grows cool to hot and blooms in the summer on an erect, basal, 6" [15 cm] long, bracteate, racemose inflorescence with up to 6 scented flowers that arises from the side of a new pseudobulb. They require moderate shade, and increasing water as the new growth arrives in the spring and a lessening in the winter months.

Synonyms Bifrenaria bella Lem. 1853; *Bothriochilus bellus Lem. 1856

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing fide; Encylopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as Bothriochilus bellus; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas # 43-46 Thuniinae etc 1984 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 56 No 6 1987 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 68 No 1 1999 photo as Bothriochilus bellus; Orchid Australia Vol 11 No 6 1999 photo; Icones Orchidacearum 5 & 6 Orchids Of Mexico Parts 2 & 3 Plate 541 Hagsater, Soto 2002 drawing fide; ASO Buletin Vol 72 No 6 2003 photo; Vanishing Beauty; Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 1 Pupulin 2005 photo fide

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