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Coelogyne cristata

Coelogyne cristata.jpg

Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Asparagales
Family:Orchidaceae
Subfamily: Epidendroideae
Tribe: Coelogyneae
SubTribe: Coelogyninae
Genus: Coelogyne
Species: Coel. cristata
Alliance:
Binomial name
Coelogyne cristata
Lindley 1821


Coelogyne cristata is a species of Coelogyne found in East Asia.

Description[]

Plants bloom from winter to spring with up to ten 10 cm flowers per an inflorescence. Flowers are fragrant in the nighttime and attract different species of moth which pollinate them.

Distribution[]

Plants are found growing in the montane forest of Himalayas, Assam, Nepal, Bhutan, Sikkim and Java at elevations of 1500 to 2600 meters.

Culture[]

Plants are usually grown in baskets. Plant grows from cool to cold temperatures in partial shade, but it can tolerate higher temperatures. Water regularly during the summer making sure it stays damp and not soggy. Gradually reduce watering in the winter to encourage blooming. Water about once every two to three weeks in the winter depending on your climate and gradually increase watering as new roots begin to show in spring. Pot in a well drain medium. Pot in a plastic or clay pot with a mix of fine fir bark, tree fern fibers, and perlite or pot in New Zealand sphagnum moss. To encourage blooming and the well being of the plant. From late spring to early fall give it day temperatures from 69-75F(21-24C) in the day and 58-60F(14-15C) in the night. Plants can tolerate freezing temperatures to some degree but only for shorts amount of time. Plants usually bloom from late winter to early spring. Plants in cultivation can get up to clumps of about 5 feet or 152.4 centimeters.

Varieties[]

Image Name Description
Coelogyne cristata hololeuca.jpg Coelogyne cristata var. hololeuca Sepals and petals are white. lip is white.

Naming[]

Common name: The Crested Coelogyne

Synonyms[]

  1. Cymbidium speciosissimum D. Don 1825
  2. Pleione speciosissima (D.Don) Kuntze 1891

References[]

  • Hill, Cindy. "Coelogyne:Sparkiling Stars of Asia." Orchid Digest Vol. 72-2 April, May, June 2008: 60-76.
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