The Etiology of the Fragrant Coelogyne

Coelogynes  or Angel Orchids range over more than 100 species and can be found in India, southern China, the Philippines, Vietnam and down the Malay peninsula through the Indonesian islands through Borneo and New Guinea. They are mostly found growing epiphytically on trees in their natural habitat, but some are lithophytes which grow on rocks. Pseudobulbs are always present and in some species attain large dimensions. The flowers are produced  singly or in pairs of threes or in long multi-florous racemes.

Typically fragrant, the small to large blooms are often produced in large numbers on well grown specimens and vary in colour from white to brown, yellow or green and often have intricate mottlings or blotchings of yellow, brown, orange or almost black on the lip. (Cook, Terry. “Growing Orchids in Australia,” Golden Press, Silverwater, NSW, 1989).

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