This Coelogyne is in the same orchid clan as Coelogyne ovalis and this can be clearly seen in the images above. However, this orchid's distribution is restricted to Burma. It grows under the same conditions as Coel ovalis but is nowhere near as rampant in its behaviour. The flowers are slightly bigger than Coel ovalis, a bit more flattened and open. However, it still has the same muted colours.

The name triplicatula refers to the three keels on the lip - which doesn't mean much since lots of Coelogynes have three keels! Interestingly, when Barbara Gravendeel conducted her DNA based reclassification of this section (Fuliginosae), she placed several Coelogyne species under the one heading of Coel fimbriata but kept Coel triplicatula separate as a species in its own right.

Negatives: There are many more attractive Coelogynes if space is at a premium.

Rating: ♦♦♦  Unless you are a collector it is recommended you obtain a good, old reliable Coelogyne ovalis or fimbriata before paying a lot of money for this one.

Sometimes sold as: Coel fuliginosa, Coel ovalis

Varieties: None known

Hybrids: None registered

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