Coelogyne cumingii Lindl., Edwards's Bot. Reg. 26(Misc.): 178 (1840)

Named after Hugh Cuming [1791-1865], a general collector of plants and animals.

Coelogyne casta Ridl.
Coelogyne longibracteata Hook.f.
Pleione cumingii (Lindl.) Kuntze
Pleione longibracteata (Hook.f.) Kuntze

Small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte and sometime lithophyte with a creeping rhizome giving rise every 3 to 5 cm to ovate weakly angled acuminate pseudobulbs carrying 2 lanceolate, acuminate, glossy, plicate, 5 nerved, gradually narrowing below into the elongate, grooved petiolate base leaves that blooms in the spring and summer on a terminal, erect to arcuate, 15 cm long, slender, 3 to 5 flowered, racemose inflorescence with fragrant, long-lasting flowers arising out of the center of a newly emerging pseudobulb.

Growing in forests up to 2200 m elevation.


Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra and Borneo.

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