Coelogyne magnifica (Orchidaceae), a new species from northern Myanmar

Coelogyne magnifica (Orchidaceae), a new species from northern Myanmar, was published on PhytoKeys.

        The genus Coelogyne Lindl., which consists of approximately 200 species. Historically, the study of Coelogyne in Myanmar dates back to Hooker, who reported three Coelogyne species and added one new species Coelogyne longibractata Hook. f.. Currently, 43 species of Coelogyne have been recorded in Myanmar, although in a recently published field guide to the orchids of Myanmar authored by Kurzweil and Lwin, only 33 Coelogyne species are described. The most recently identified new species of Coelogyne was Coelogyne putaoensis X.H. Jin, L.A. Ye & Schuit. is from north Myanmar. Since the publication of Kress’s checklist in 2003, more than 10 new species and 40 new records of Orchidaceae species have been added to the flora of Myanmar from 2001 to the present.

        Coelogyne magnifica belongs to Coelogyne section Ocellatae Pfitzer & Kraenzl., it is similar to C. corymbosa and C. taronensis, but can be distinguished from these two species by its larger flowers (tepals 4.0–4.9cm long),broadly lanceolate sepals and petals, narrowly ovate lip, which has two bright yellowpatches surrounded by shiny brownish red and two fimbriate or erose-lacerate keelson the lip (Figure 1).

        This work was financially supported by a project of the Southeast Asia BiodiversityResearch Institute, Chinese Academy of Sciences (Y4ZK111B01).The result published as " Coelogyne magnifica (Orchidaceae), a new species from northern Myanmar" on PhytoKeys

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Coelogyne magnifica