Coelogyne ovalis Lindl 1838 SECTION Fulginosae

Photo by Anders Sandberg

Another Flower

Photo by Jay Pfahl

FragrancePart shadeCoolTo Warm SummerWinter

Common Name The Oval Coelogyne [refers to the shape of the midlobe of the lip] - In China Chang Lin Bei Mu Lan

Flower Size 1.2 to 1.6" [3 to 4 cm]

Found in Assam, Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan, Xizang and Yunnan provinces of China, northeastern India, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam in montane valleys on trees or rocks at elevations of 600 to 2100 meters as a small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte or lithophyte with 2 to 3" [5 to 7.5 cm] between each ovoid-fusiform, smooth, ridged pseudobulb enveloped basally by several dry sheaths and carrying 2, apical, erect, narrowly elliptic, acute to acuminate, gradually narrowing below into the elongate, petiolate base leaves that blooms in the summer through winter on a slender, 4.8" [12 cm] long, few flowered inflorescence arising on a mature pseudobulb with deciduous floral bracts and carrying successive opening, fragrant flowers.

Both Coelogyne ovalis and C pallens are considered by many to be a synonym of C fimbriata

SynonymsCoelogyne decora Wall. ex Voigt 1845; Coelogyne pilosissima Planch. 1855;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; A Century of Indian Orchids Vol 5 Hooker 1895 drawing fide; Orchids of Burma Grant 1895/1995; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 drawing fide; The Orchids of North-Western Himalaya Vol IX Part II Duthie 1906; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1959 drawing/photo good; AOS Bulletin Vol 32 No 5 1963; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1965 corrections as C fimbriata var var ovalis drawing good; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1965 corrections as C laoticavar annamica Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Die Orchideen #1 1-4 tafel 1&2 Rudolph Schlechter 1971 plant only; Dansk Botanisk Arkiv Bind 29 N.R. 4 Orchid Genera in Thailand III Seidenfaden 1975 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 47 No 7 1978; AOS Bulletin Vol 49 No 6 1980 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 53 No 1 1984 photo fide; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 15 881 - 944 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1984 drawing good; Orchids of Arunachal Pradesh Hegde 1984 photo good; AOS Bulletin Vol 54 No 3 1985; Orchids of North West Himalaya Deva & Naithanis 1986 drawing fide; Orchids of Kumaun Himalayas Pangtey, Samant and Rawat 1991; The Manual of Cultivated Orchids Bechtel, Cribb, Launert 1992 drawing/photo fide; Thai Orchid Species Rakpaibulsombat 1992 photo ok; Identification of the Orchids [Orchidaceae Juss.] Vietnam Averyanov 1994; Orchids of Nagaland Deorani & Naithani 1995 drawing good; The Wild Orchids of China Tsi, Chen & Mori 1997; Beautiful Orchids of Nepal Rajbhandari & Bhattarai 2001; The Genus Coelogyne A Synopsis, D A Clayton 2002 photo no = C pallens; Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002 photo fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 69 No 2 2004 photo; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2005 photo ok; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2005 photo ok; Turczaninowia 19 (3): 558 L. V. Averyanov1 , Khang Sinh Nguyen etal 2016 ; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007 photo ok; Native Orchids From Gaoligongshan Maountains, China Xiaohua, Xiaodong and Xiaochun 2009 photo fide; A Field Guide to the Orchids of China Singchi, Zhongjian, Yibo, Xiaohua and Zhanhuo 2009 photo okish; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing fide; The Wild Orchids in Yunnan Xu Xiang Ye & Liu 2010 photos ok; Les Coelogynes E & J George 2011 photo fide to the first photo; Wild Orchids of Myanmar Taunggyi 2014 photo fide; LANKESTERIANA 15(1): 750. Jeewan Singh Jalal & J. Jayanthi 2015 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 87 #10 2018 photo fide; Atlas of Native Orchids of China Vol 1 Jin Xiaohua, Li Jianwu and Ye Deping 2019 photo fide;