Pleione praecox

Pleione praecox

Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Asparagales
Subfamily: Epidendroideae
Tribe: Coelogyneae
SubTribe: Coelogyninae
Genus: Pleione
Species: P. praecox
Binomial name
Pleione praecox
(Lindl.) D. Don 1825

Pleione praecox is a species of Pleione found in East Asia.


Plant blooms in the fall with a single 10 cm wide flower. Flowers are fragrant.

The sepals of the flowers can vary in color from white fleck with lilac, to lilac-purple and to a rose purple.[1] The lip is variable from white to purple, usually with a yellow streak and sometimes with a purple streak.[1]


Plant is found growing in colonies on rock faces and humus pockets in the cool montane forest of Yunnan China, Northern India, Nepal, Vietnam, Bhutan, Northern Thailand and Myanmar at elevations of 1500 to 3400 meters[1]


Plant goes dormant in the late fall to early spring. Pot plants in a mix of bark and sphagnum moss, or in 50% peat and 50% perlite. Mix should retain moisture and should be well drained. Plants should be watered constantly during growing season. Stop watering when leaves drop. Plant should be misted lightly and potting media should be kept dried during dormancy in the fall. Keep plant cool from 16° to 75°F during growing season and cold during dormancy form 50° to 25°F. Grow in diffused light and fertilize at half strength during summer.


Common name: The Early Blooming Pleione


  1. Coelogyne birmanica Rchb.f. 1882
  2. *Coelogyne praecox Lindl. 1821
  3. Coelogyne praecox var. sanguinea Lindl. 1854
  4. Coelogyne praecox var. tenera Rchb.f. 1883
  5. Coelogyne praecox var. wallichiana (Lindl.) Lindl. 1854
  6. Coelogyne reichenbachiana T. Moore 1868
  7. Coelogyne wallichiana Lindl. 1830
  8. Cymbidium praecox Sm. 1821; Dendrobium praecox J.E.Sm 1819
  9. *Epidendrum praecox Sm. 1806
  10. Pleione birmanica (Rchb.f.) B.S.Williams 1894
  11. Pleione concolor hort. ex B.S. Williams 1894
  12. Pleione praecox var. alba E.W.Cooper 1951
  13. Pleione praecox var. candida Pfitzer 1907
  14. Pleione praecox var. reichenbachiana (T.Moore & Veitch) Torelli & Riccab. 200
  15. Pleione reichenbachiana (T. Moore) Kuntze 1891
  16. Pleione wallichiana (Lindl.) Lindl. & Paxton 1851-2


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Cribb, Phillip, and Ian Butterfield (1988). The Genus Pleione (Timber Press). 

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