Coelogyne usitana J.Roeth & O.Gruss 2001 SECTION Speciosae Lindley

Photo by Eric Hunt

Part shadeHot To WarmVARIABLE MOSTLY Spring To Summer

Common Name or Meaning Usita's Coelogyne [Philippine Collector of type specimen and orchid enthusiast current]

Flower Size 2 4/5" [7 cm]

Found only on Mindanao Island in The Philippines at elevations around 800 meters as a small to medium sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte or lithophyte with close set, narrowly ovoid, 4-angled, ancipitous pseudobulbs enveloped basally by 3 to 4 membraneous, narrowly ovoid bracts and carrying a single, apical, broadly elliptical, acute, plicate, 5 to 7 nerved, gradually narrowing below into the short petiolate base leaf that blooms at any time of the year but mostly from spring to summer with an erect to then pendulous, to 12" [30 cm] long, fractiflex rachis, successively single, few to many [to 20] flowering, to 22" [55 cm] long inflorescence arising on a newly developing pseudobulb with wide spread, downward facing flowers with only a single flower open at any one time.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Genus Coelogyne A Synopsis, D A Clayton 2002 photo fide; Flora Malesiana Orchids of the Philippines Vol I Agoo, Shuiteman and de Vogel 2003; Australian Orchid Review Vol 70 No 1 2005; Australian Orchid Review Vol 72 No 2 2007 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 72 #2 2008 photo fide; AOS Bulletin vol 78 No 8 2009 photo fide; A to Z of South East Asian Orchid Species Vol 2 O'Byrne 2011 photo fide; Les Coelogynes E & J George 2011 photo fid; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #4 2016 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #11 2016 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 87 #1 2018 photo fide;