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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. Be aware!

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.

A raceme of these beautiful big pendulous flowers is something worth seeing. The black markings on the flowers are absolutely ink black

A great joy to me has been the RHS registration of a new 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 bred and registered this cross in 2015 as Coelogyne Orchideengarten Marei Saskia. I can't wait to see it!

Negatives: It is difficult to identify when not in flower 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).

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