365 days of orchids – day 717 – Coelia bella

This unusual flower with bright pink sepal tips and a contrasting yellow lip is a fragrant addition to the greenhouse in winter. It has possibly the prettiest buds of any orchid species we grow.

This species is a terrestrial from Central America where it is found from 500-1500m in open forests. We find that the species prefers to grow cool (we grow it in Coll Americas min 12C) and can suffer with black areas on the leaves if exposed to too much sun or heat stress.



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  1. Agnes Jones says:

    Really beautiful. What size is this orchid grow ?

    Has your Angraecum sesqipedale orchid flowered yet this year? You haven’t shown it on orchid of the day this year. It is one of my favourite orchids.

    • Simon Pugh-Jones says:

      It hasn’t flowered yet but usually flowers in the winter or spring – I will get the Warm Asia team to check it tomorrow.