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(Greek, koilos, hollow: referring to the pollen masses). Orchidaceas. Epiphytic orchids of minor importance; culture of Epidendrum.
Fig. 1020. Coelia Baueriana.
The coelias are divided into 2 strongly marked groups with widely different kinds of infloresence C. macro-stachya is a type of the first section, with long racemes of numerous small, horizontal flowers, which are much exceeded by the long spreading bracts, and the base of the column short. C. bella is typical of the second section, with the flowers few, larger, erect, in groups of about 3, longer than their bracts, and the base of the column produced to twice its own length, which gives the flowers a tubular appearance. - A half-dozen species in Cent, and S. Amer.
A. Flowers small, in a long raceme. macrostachya, Lindl. Pseudobulbs 2 1/2 in. long, almost round, with brown scales at the base: leaves about 3, from the top of the pseudobulb, 1 ft. or more long, lanceolate, arching, broader than in C. bella, and not channeled: sepals red; petals white. Mex. R.H. 1878:210. B.M. 4712. J.F. 4:423.
Baueriana, Lindl. Fig. 1020. Pseudobulbs 1-2 in. long, 2-3-lvd.: leaves 10-18 in. long, linear, acute: racemes of numerous small white fragrant flowers; ovary 3-winged; sepals ovate-lanceolate, the petals ovate-oblong; lip with the claw yellow, the blade triangular. W. Indies and Mex. B.R. 28:36.
aa. Flowers white, tipped purple, few, large.
Reichb. f. Pseudobulbs smaller and more constricted at the top: leaves 6-10 in. long, narrower, channeled above, arching: flowers 2 in. long, erect, 3 or 4 in number with the mid-lobe of the lip orange-colored. Guatemala. B.M. 6628.
C. densifldra, Rolfe. Characterized by a dense-flowered raceme, wingless ovary and oblong mentum. Cent. Amer.
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