365 days of orchids – day 623 – Coelogyne asperata

This is a wonderful large growing Coelogyne species found from Malaysia to New Guinea and the Philippines. The stiff ridged leaves are 90cm long on top of stout pseudobulbs and the dramatic 8cm flowers are produced on arching spikes from the centre of the new growths in summer.

Otto noticed that the flowers look as if they have been dusted in cocoa powder and they do bring to mind a cappuccino. Our plant has three spikes and the first has just opened so the plant will look amazing in about a week.

The species grows in warm forests in shade up to 2000m and really seems to enjoy growing warm and wet in our Warm Asia section.

There is a lovely record of a plant in Borneo being pollinated by a large flower beetle here and as mentioned it does have a sweet spicy smell.

This is certainly not an orchid for a small windowsill but it has a grand elegance that warrants the space it occupies in our greenhouse.


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  1. Agnes Jones says:

    If I had a bigger house I would definitely have one of these. I saw it in reall life yesterday. It was magnificent and the smell had a spicy aroma that reminded me of cinnamon. It really does look as if the flowers had been sprinkled with cocoa powder. Wonderful!