Coelogyne barbata Lindl. ex Griff. 1848 SECTION Elatae

Photo by Pieter C. Brouwer and his Nature Photo Website

Side View of Flower

Photos by Eric Hunt

Fragrance Part sun CoolFall THROUGH Winter

Common Name The Bearded Coelogyne [refers to the hairy callus of the lip] - In China Ran Mao Bei Mu Lan

Flower Size 2" to 3.2" [5 to 8 cm]

Found in the foothills of the Himalayas in northeastern India, Bhutan, Nepal, upper Myanmar and China in lower montane forests at elevations of 1000 to 1800 meters as a small to medium sized, cool growing epiphyte or lithophyte with clustered, ovoid to pear shaped, angular, longitudinally grooved, pale green pseudobulbs enveloped completely by imbricate, persistent, papery sheaths and carrying 2, oblong-lanceolate, acuminate, coriaceous, plicate, 9-nerved, undulate leaves and blooms in the the fall and winter on a long-developing, erect to arcuate, fractiflex rachis, to 18" [to 45 cm] long, to 14 flowered inflorescence arising on a mature pseudobulb and carrying fragrant, long-lasting flowers.

Synonyms Pleione barbata (Lindl. ex Griff.) Kuntze 1891

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