Coelogyne motleyi – 365 days of orchids – day 947

We found this subtle coelogyne species growing on a tree on the bank of theĀ Melinau Paku River just outside the Mulu National Park. It was growing in some shade on one of the tree’s main branches amongst other orchids including dendrobiums, erias and bulbophyllums.

The climate here is warm with daytime temperatures in the high 20s and low 30s and nights around 23C. Flower spikes have two or three flowers that open rather successively. the species is endemic to Borneo and it was a treat to find it growing close to our hotel – every hotel should have a great diversity of orchids in the surroundings!

The hotel area also had a great diversity of insects including giant butterflies and fireflies, and a sky full of swiftlets and bats.



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