Coelogyne pulverula Teijsm. & Binn. 1862 SECTION Tomentosae Pfitzer & Kraenzlin Photo courtesy of Nik Fahmi and his Vortex Orchid Page

Lip Detail Photo by Peter Bryder and his Flickr Orchid Photo Page

Plant and Flowers in situ Mt Kinabalu Borneo

Natural Hybrid between C pulverula and C radiofernes Photo by Eric Hunt and his Orchid Species Photo Website

Full shadeHotTo WarmSpring

Common Name The Powdery Flower Coelogyne

Flower Size 2 to 2 2/5" [5 to 6 cm]

Found in penninsular Malaysia, Thailand, Borneo, Java and Sumatra in lowland rainforests and lower montane forests on trunks and major branches often near or over streams and rivers or on large rocks and cliff faces at elevations of 250 to 1900 meters as a quite large, hot to cool growing epyphite or lithophyte with close set, spindle to long ovoid, shallowly grooved pseudobulbs and carrying 2, apical, rather stiff, oblanceolate to long elliptic, plicate, 7 to 9 nerved, acute, gradually narrowing below into the elongate, petiolate base leaves. The proteranthous to synanthous inflorescence is pendulous, enveloped basally by imbricate bracts and can reach more than 3' 4" [1 meter] and has a fractiflex rachis with up to 60 flowers, spaced, 1" [2.5 cm] apart that open simultaneously, and blooms in the spring.

This species is still commonly sold as C dayana.

Synonyms Coelogyne dayana Rchb.f. 1882; Coelogyne dayana [Rchb.f]Rolfe 1864; Pleione dayana (Rchb.f.) Kuntze 1891

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as C dayana photo good; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as C dayana drawing ok; Studies in the Family Orchidaceae Fascile 6 Ames 1920 as C dayana; Flora of Malaya Vol 1 Holttum 1957 as C dayana; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1959 as C dayana; AOS Bulletin Vol 32 No 5 1963 photo as C dayana; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as C dayana photo ok; Dansk Botanisk Arkiv Bind 29 N.R. 4 Orchid Genera in Thailand Seidenfaden 1975 as C dayana drawing fide; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 15 881 - 944 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1984 as C dayana drawing fide/photo fide; The Orchids of Penninsular Mayasia and Singapore Seidenfaden & Wood 1992 as C dayana drawing fide; Orchid Monographs Vol 6 de Vogel 1992 as C dayana drawing/Photo fide; The Plants of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Orchids Wood Beaman & Beaman 1993 as C dayana; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994 as C dayana; AOS Bulletin Vol 67 No 11 1998 photo as C dayana; Orchids of Sumatra Comber 2001 as C dayana photo good; Orchids of Sarawak Beeman & Wood 2001 as C dayana photo fide; The Genus Coelogyne A Synopsis, D A Clayton 2002 photo fide; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007; Malesian Orchid Journal Vol 7 2011; The Orchids of Mount Kinabalu Vol 1 Wood, Beaman, Lamb, Chu Lun and Beaman 2011; The Orchids of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Wood, Beaman, Lamb, Chu Lun and Beaman 2011 drawing fide/ photo ok; Wild Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia Ong, O'Byrne, Yong & Saw 2011 photo ok; A to Z of South East Asian Orchid Species Vol 2 O'Byrne 2011 photo fide; Les Coelogynes E & J George 2011 photo fide; Les Coelogynes E & J George 2011 photo fide