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]

A very rewarding, medium sized, warm to cool growing species hailing from 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 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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