Monday, February 20, 2012

Coelogyne flaccida

This is a corrected re-post from the other day. I failed to check the flower against OrchidSpecies.com, something that is on my checklist when I take an orchid flower picture. I had the plant labeled as Coelogyne mayeriana. One of my readers noticed and pointed it out. Thanks Anonymous!

Coelogyne flaccida - Flower photo by Richard LindbergAnother Coelogyne in bloom right now is one one of the Coelogyne flaccida divisions. This started out as a dried-out single backbulb in August of 2008 and it has just now bloomed for the first time. That's what I mean by trading time for money.

Coelogyne flaccida - Plant photo by Richard LindbergCoelogyne flaccida grows from northern India through south China in mountain forests in the 3000 to 6000 foot range. It is cold to cool growing and is fragrant. The genus Coelogyne (Coel) contains 100 species found in all of Asia east of India and Indonesia and Fiji. Conditions vary considerably.

This plant is in rock in a 3-inch plastic pot. There are four pseudobulbs and stands six inches above the pot.

This is the fourth year. That is fine for a single backbulb division that I got free. It shows a typical pattern where the first new growth is smaller than the original pseudobulb. After that each one gets larger. I am going to re-pot and the 2012 pseudobulb will be bigger yet.

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