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I have bought a few orchids in Australia labeled Coelogyne pandurata and have started to think that this might simply mean 'any orchid with green flowers'! Most of these have turned out to be the hybrid Coelogyne Burfordiense which is easily recognised by being big, having a large semi-pendulous spike and having patches of brown warts on the keels of the lip.

Long-time Australian Coelogyne growers have expressed their doubt about the real Coelogyne pandurata existing in Australia. Other growers are convinced that theirs is the real thing. Be aware!

Check these images from the web:


It is a warm growing Coelogyne from Peninsular Malaysia, Borneo and into the Philippines. This background tells you that it needs a warm spot, high humidity with lots of watering.

When I update the images on this page you will know that my frustration has ended and that I have an imported Coelogyne pandurata that is the real thing. I currently have a flask and plants from two other sources! I suspect the images above are of Coelogyne mayeriana!

A great joy to me has been the RHS registration of a primary hybrid between Coelogyne pandurata and Coelogyne cristata. In my mind this should be a match made in heaven. Karge-Liphard, the famous European orchidist registered this cross in 2015 as Coelogyne Orchideengarten Marei Saskia. I can't wait to see it!

Negatives: It is difficult to identify and difficult to purchase in Australia. It is reported that it is very difficult to find in the wild because of habitat destruction.

Rating: ♦♦♦♦♦ It has always been a prized 'black' orchid since its description by Dr John Lindley in 1854.

Sometimes sold as: anything green!

Varieties: None known

Hybrids: Registered

1.Coelogyne Albanese (Sander and Sons, 1913) - using Coelogyne sanderiana as the pollen parent.

2. Coelogyne Burfordiense ( Sir Trevor Lawrence, 1911 - using Coelogyne asperata as the pod parent.

3. Coelogyne Green Dragon (Burnham Nurseries, 1992) - using Coelogyne tomentosa as the pollen parent.

4. Coelogyne South Carolina (Carter and Holmes, 1966) - using the hybrid Coelogyne Burfordiense as the pod parent.

5. Coelogyne Stanny (a natural hybrid - same as Coelogyne Burfordiense).

6. Coelogyne Orchideengarten Marei Saskia - using Coelogyne cristata as the pollen parent (K Karge Orchideengarten - Aug 2015).

Hybrids: Unregistered

1. Coelogyne fragrans x Coelogyne pandurata (sold through Easy Orchids - ex Murray Sheargold - Australia in 2008

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