This is a very small, Philippine, brand new Coelogyne in the cultivation world. It was only formally described in 2011 by W. Suarez and registered with the Kew World Checklist of Monocotyledens (the grasses - Orchids are in this group). Anyone can check the authenticity of a plant's name on this site. It was named in honour of the Salvanera family of Pulilan, Bulacan

Although it is still early days, this ex-seedling Coelogyne seems to be thriving in my glasshouse. It gets temperatures down to 80C in winter but always around 80% humidity. Summer temperatures can reach 400C. I suspect it will prove to be an easy-growing, tough orchid.

The plant only grows to about 20cm high and the display of half a dozen 4 to 5 cm wide attractively marked flowers simply grabs attention. The sepals and petals have a pale tinge of olive-green but the lip has pure white markings that highlight the brown markings. This brown is quite attractive and ranges from a fudge colour to almost chocolate. The waviness of the lip and the long sharp tip help catch attention. The total picture is very attractive.

Negatives: It needs total protection from frosts and coming from the Philippines tells us it needs high humidity and moisture and preferably glasshouse conditions.

Rating: ♦♦♦♦♦ This orchid will be hard to get for awhile but don't miss it if you get a chance. So much beauty on such a small plant is sure to create a big demand for this orchid and I predict its popularity will increase dramatically as it becomes more available.

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Varieties: None known. A similar orchid is the beautiful Coel marmorata.

Hybrids: None registered

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