Coelogyne flexuosa has a very dainty, very white and slightly translucent flower with minimal but bright yellow markings. The small flowers open almost simultaneously and last quite well on longish, arching stems.

This is a very easy, fast grower and even though it originates in Bali, Malaysia and Sumatra, it is very tough and reliable. My plant regularly flowers in an unheated glasshouse which drops to around 4o C overnight in winter. However, it is housed out there because I don't give it enough priority to squeeze it into my heated glasshouse, where it did flower better.

As can be seen from the growth photo, the plant requires a fair bit of real estate for the size of the flower. Many growers would prefer to allocate their space to more showy species. If you are lucky enough to have plenty of space, it is a nice orchid.

My plant self-pollinates regularly. This is interesting because some sources have continually propagated the rumour that there are few Coelogyne hybrids because they are difficult to pollinate. This is patently untrue.

Negatives: The flowers are a little small for the size of the plant.

Rating: ♦♦♦

Varieties: None known


1. Coelogyne Kirribilli Noela, using Coel bilamellata as the pollen parent, was registered in February 2013 by Kevin Dawes.

2. Coelogyne Kirribilli Ezekiel, using Coel speciosa as the pollen parent was registered in June 2019 by Kevin Dawes.

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