Coelogyne mooreana is known as 'The queen' of Coelogynes. There is no more appropriate title. The big, upright, pristine white flowers with their glowing orange markings are a beauty to behold. As one of the 'big whites' it is one of the earliest of any orchids to collect, let alone one of the earliest Coelogynes.
It is a fairly big plant and its 4 to 8 simultaneously opening, big flowers are very well displayed which all makes for a beautiful specimen plant. The flowers can have a beautiful perfume and last well. Additionally, the plant will often flower more than once a year.
It is very adaptable and easy to grow and flower orchid from around 1300 metres in Vietnam. Wilhelm Micholitz collected this plant for the famous British Nursery, Sanders and Sons in 1904. Micholitz was later honoured with a beautiful hybrid in his name using Coelogyne mooreana x Coelogyne lawrenceana.
Coelogyne mooreana will flourish in any protected area as long as it does not experience frost and has high humidity.
Negatives: On odd occasions a plant may be reluctant to flower. This can generally be remedied by moving it to a different spot and increasing the watering and humidity.
Rating: ♦♦♦♦♦ Nobody could be disappointed with this impressive orchid.
Varieties: A desirable one is tagged as 'Brockhurst' which has larger flowers and more yellow markings. 'Westonbirt' is another tagged example. A number of others have award letters after their name. Assuming the label is accurate, it is always advisable with any orchid to buy an awarded one. A superior orchid takes the same space and the same amount of work as a lesser quality plant but the reward is always greater.
I have a specimen with the tag '4N' added to the name. This indicates that it has double the normal number of chromosones which will be reflected in extra thickness of the flower petals, greater robustness, etc. With no access to DNA facilities, I have no idea if it really is 4N but it certainly flowers more frequently.
Registered Hybrids: Being the Queen it is not surprising that this has been used in hybridising. A lucky aspect is that its genes are very dominant and carry through strongly to off-spring.
1. Coelogyne Kirribilli Colin (Kevin Dawes 2016) using Coelogyne Mem Wilhelm Micholitz (Coelogyne mooreana Coelogyne lawrenceana) x Coelogyne usitana 'Golden Gate'
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