This is an outstanding hybrid because of its large attractive flowers and because of the long period of flowering. It is similar to Coelogyne Mem Louis Forget, in this, and many other ways but this one gets prettier lip colours from its pod parent. As in most cases the Coelogyne mooreana genes come through very strongly and greatly improve the flowering habit of Coel lawrenceana (which normally produces 2 or 3 sequentially opening flowers).

The two parent species had been imported by Sander's nursery through their collector, Wilhelm Micholitz. They made the hybrid in 1951. It was then mericloned (laboratory-made new plants made from identical cells) in 1980. As more cheap mericloning facilities develop in Asia many more desirable orchids will become available at affordable prices.

Negatives: It is a fairly big plant and since both parents come from Vietnam it needs warm moist conditions and absolute protection from frosts. You will need to grow it well or it won't survive because of all the cuttings you will be forced to take from it for your friends! 

Rating: ♦♦♦♦♦ This is a really desirable orchid and will give great pleasure to any owner.

Sometimes sold as: None

Varieties: Many have been awarded and given identifying tags.


1. Coelogyne Lynette Banks (David Banks 2015) using Coelogyne mooreana as pollen parent.

2. Coelogyne Kirribilli Colin (Kevin Dawes 2016) using Coelogyne usitana as the pollen parent.

3.Coelogyne Kirribilli Hubert Dixon (Kevin Dawes 2016) - using Coelogyne eberhardtii as the pollen parent.

4. Coelogyne Orchideengarten Sabine - using Coelogyne speciosa as the pod parent (K Karge Orchideengarten - Aug 2015).

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