Coelogyne flaccida Lindl. 1830 SECTION Flaccidae Lindl TYPE for the section

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Plant and inflorescence

Photo by David Banks - Australia copyrighted

FragrancePart shadeWarmCool Summer

Common Name or Meaning The Loose Coelogyne - In China Li Lin Bei Mu Lan

Flower Size 1.6 to 2" [4 to 5 cm]

Found in Nepal, northern India, Bhutan, Sikkim, Myanmar, Laos and southern China at elevations of 900 to 2000 meters in rain forests, lower and upper montane forests as a very rewarding, medium sized, warm to cool growing species with close set, conical, lightly grooved pseudobulbs carrying 2 apical, lanceolate, acuminate, plicate, 3 nerved, gradually narrowing below into the elongate, grooved, petiolate base leaves. It produces basal, slender, pendulous 10" [25 cm] long, somewhat fractiflex rachis, loosely few to many [5 to 12] flowered, racemose inflorescence arising on a mature pseudobulb with deciduous floral bracts and waxy, highly perfumed [not so good], cream coloured, simultaneously opening flowers, each reaching about 2" [4-5 cm] across, occuring in the summer.

Synonyms Coelogyne esquirolii Schltr. 1919; Coelogyne flaccida var. longiracemosa Roeth 2006; Coelogyne huettneriana Auct. non Rchb.f; Pleione flaccida (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891;

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