Coelogyne holochila – 365 days of orchids – day 1205


In complete contrast to yesterdays miniature Platystele we have a giant Coelogyne today.

This species is a large grower with 10cm pseudobulbs each topped with two dark green leaves and a long flower spike of six to twelve large attractive flowers. The species is native to the Himalayas where it is reported from Nepal through Sikkim, Bhutan and Arunachal Pradesh through to Yunnan. We have seen the species flowering in the tops of trees in wet semi-evergreen forests at 2000m in Arunachal Pradesh (photo below). The orchid is the large green leaves and yellow bulbs in the centre of the photo and the image next to it shows the semi-evergreen forest habitat.

The plant in the wild is flowering really well in its exposed position.

Specimens in the wild can become really large plants enveloping sections of the trunk or main branches of large trees and our specimen at school has grown into a very large size since arriving as a single bulb in 1993. We grow the plant in Cool Asia (minimum 10C) and keep it well watered throughout the year especially in the summer. The plant now has a verdant layer of natural moss around the base of the pseudobulbs.


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