Coelogyne stricta (D. Don) Schltr. 1919 SECTION Elatae Pfitzer TYPE for the section

Photo by Piotr Markiewicz

FragrancePart shadeWarm To ColdWinter

Common Name The Rigid Coelogyne - In China Shuang Zhe Bei Mu Lan

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in northeastern India, Nepal, Bhutan, upper Myanmar, China and Vietnam in lower and upper, primary montane forests on steep riverbank slopes on broadleafed trees as a medium sized, warm to cold growing epiphyte at elevations of 900 to 2100 meters with 2" [5 cm] between each, oblong-cylindrical, glossy green pseudobulb enveloped basally by a few imbricate sheaths and carrying 2, apical, elliptic-oblong, acute, coriaceous, plicate, gradually narrowing below into the elongate petiolate base leaves and blooms in the winter on an erect, 16" [40 cm] long, 6 to 15 flowered inflorescence arising on a mature pseudobulb and enveloped by imbricate sheaths at the juncture of the peduncle and rachis, all carrying simultaneously opening, fragrant flowers occuring in the spring.

CAUTION!!! Piotr Markiewicz's photo is a dead ringer for the photos in Clayton's "The Genus Coelogyne" and Pearce and Cribb's "Orchids of Bhutan".

Synonyms Coelogyne elata Lindl. 1830; *Cymbidium strictum D. Don 1825; Pleione elata (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Burma Grant 1895/1995 as C elata; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 as C elata drawing fide to the first photo; The Orchids of North-Western Himalaya Vol IX Part II Duthie 1906 as C elata; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as C elata; AOS Bulletin Vol 32 No 5 1963 as C elata; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as C elata; AOS Bulletin Vol 47 No 7 1978 as C elata; Indian Orchids, Guide to Identification and Culture vol 2 Pradhan 1979; AOS Bulletin Vol 53 No 1 1984 as C elata 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 as C elata photo ok; 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 as C elata drawing ok; The Manual of Cultivated Orchids Bechtel, Cribb, Launert 1992 drawing ok; Identification of the Orchids [Orchidaceae Juss.] Vietnam Averyanov 1994; Orchids of Nagaland Deorani & Naithani 1995 drawing ok; Beautiful Orchids of Nepal Rajbhandari & Bhattarai 2001; The Genus Coelogyne A Synopsis, D A Clayton 2002 photo fide 1st photo only; Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002 photo fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 69 No 2 2004 photo; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007; AOS Bulletin vol 78 No 8 2009 photo fide; Native Orchids From Gaoligongshan Maountains, China Xiaohua, Xiaodong and Xiaochun 2009 photo fide; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; The Wild Orchids in Yunnan Xu Xiang Ye & Liu 2010 photos not; Genera Orchidaceaerum Volume 4 Epidendroideae Part 1 Pridgeon, Cribb and Chase 2010; Les Coelogynes E & J George 2011 photo fide; LANKESTERIANA 15(1): 750. Jeewan Singh Jalal & J. Jayanthi 2015 photo fide; Atlas of Native Orchids of China Vol 1 Jin Xiaohua, Li Jianwu and Ye Deping 2019 photo ok;