Species Coelogyne longipes growth habitSpecies Coelogyne longipes flower detail
 Species Coelogyne longipes growth habitSpecies Coelogyne longipes flower detail

This unusual species from Nepal, Burma, and China grows on tall rhododendrons and deciduous trees at altitudes up to 2000 metres but also on moss covered rocks. The deciduous trees indicate that it appreciates plenty of light in winter and the height in these countries indicate that it can cope with cooler conditions.

A rare feature in Coelogynes, the spikes produce a cluster of 3 to 5 small flowers and then the same spikes continue growing from the dense clusters of bracts to produce next year's flower clusters. It is from a small group of Coelogynes in a Section known as Proliferae. Other Coelogynes in this Section and with the same growth pattern include Coelogyne schultesii and Coelogyne prolifera

My Coelogyne longipes was generously given to me by Graham Gamble. It is not readily available in Australia.

Growing Suggestions:  Despite its cool background I would grow it in a shade house and protect it from any frost. Give it a good draining mix and water well in the warmer months. I have mine in a hanging basket so that the long flowering spikes can be seen clearly and not lost among other plants.

Negatives: Because the flower spikes should not be pruned (or you lose many of next year's flowers) the plant becomes a bit whispy and needs a bit of space (However, I wouldn't describe it as untidy.)

Rating: ♦♦ This orchid is for collectors or anyone with plenty of room and an interest in unusual orchids.

Varieties: None known

Hybrids: None registered

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