A sad update to this species! I have been ripped off again. It is another division of Coelogyne viscosa! This is yet another example of the trials and tribulations of trying to make an orchid collection. Nevertheless, you might still like to read about the real Coelogyne gongshanense.

Since purchasing this hard to aquire orchid I have read a few references suggesting that it's identity is a bit suspect. It is hard to find information about it but I will keep updating this page as I dig up more detail.

It is almost impossible to find an image let alone any information on this one and as usual orchidspecies.com is ahead of the rest as a good site to check out orchids.

http://www.orchidspecies.com/coelgongshanense

This Coelogyne is very new to cultivation in Australia and was only officially described as a new orchid in 1999. Without even having a flower to admire yet, this orchid immediately raises attention. Apart from its new status, it comes the Dulong River area in the Gong Shan County area in the NW part of the famous Yunan Province of China. This is an amazingly rich and diverse part of China.

I was fascinated by Dudley Clayton's description of its flowering time - '....when surrounding snow melts". Now this really sounds like a cool growing Coelogyne!

The other feature that caught my attention was that it belongs to a small group of Coelogynes in Section Ocellatae. This section contains some of the cutest and best known Coelogynes, i.e. Coel nitida and Coel corymbosa, but also Coel occulata and Coel punctulata. The label Ocellatae refers to the eye-shaped spots on the flowers in this group. However, Coel gongshanensis has small yellowish flowers and from the scarce images I have seen, it doesn't seem to have 'eyes'.

No wonder this is a fascinating hobby!

Rating: Unfortunately, I have a feeling that when we've all seen lots of images and/or had experience with Coelogyne gongshanensis, it will be relegated to a collector's orchid - unless you live in a very cold zone where little else will grow! Remember that only about 80 out of about 200 Coelogynes in the world are in cultivation. There is obviously a large number of described and named Coelogynes that are not an attractive cultivation proposition (plus probably some others yet unnamed).

Negatives: Very difficult to acquire at this stage.

Sometimes sold as: None known

Varieties: None known

Hybrids: None registered

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