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Coelia bella aka Botriochilus bellus

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    Default Coelia bella aka Botriochilus bellus

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    Many years ago I saw a plant of this species shown at my first Orchid Society, and liked it, and looked out for it, but it was 35 years before I saw the name in a list, and it jogged a memory; the plant that I bought was a small seedling with three bulbs , the largest not much bigger than a pea. It was at the time I was first experimenting with S/H, and it turned out that this species loved it. The bulbs advanced to the size of maltesers, then damsons, and later the largest is almost Victoria plum size.( Maybe that is only meaningful in UK ? never mind - you get the idea I'm sure ) But it only flowers when pot-bound.
    My original plant grew to fill a 9inch pot or thereabouts and had flowers all the way round, and I took it to London hoping for a CCC, but it got chilled on the train – the flowers had collapsed by the time I got into the Committee room. Afterwards I split it up and have gone through a similar cycle more than once, selling a few plants and putting others in the raffle as prizes and so on, so it is probably getting spread around Dorset by this time.
    I find I still have two or three plants left , this is the largest of them. It can be quite pretty, but since the flowers are so close to the bulbs and the leaves are tall, they easily get swamped and hidden.
    The species or maybe the whole genus was at one time re-named as Botriochilus, but has gone back to Coelia now. Flowers are about 3-4cm across btw.

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    I've not see one before, neat. The flowers look like they're in a little jungle. Pretty colors.

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    Lovely flowers! That last shot is exquisite.




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    Nice plant and gorgeous flowers. Pity I don't live near Dorset!
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    What an awful name for such a lovely flower! Pick either one - they both sound like rare intestinal disorders to me. But that last photo is truly splendid, Geoff - I love when the crystalline glow is captured.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mauraec View Post
    What an awful name for such a lovely flower! Pick either one - they both sound like rare intestinal disorders to me. But that last photo is truly splendid, Geoff - I love when the crystalline glow is captured.
    hehe, Botriochilus sounds like the vicious fungus that plants get, Botritus, whereas Coelia sounds nicer

    Very nice specimen Geoff, i have considered buying one once, but i thought against it, because i wasnt sure of the medium conditions. Could you take a picture of the medium please Geoff, that way i know what could work when i finally see one for sale again!

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    Ohh!! Love this one. Love the color, the blooms shape, the arrangement, everything. Truly lovely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kiwiorchids View Post
    the medium please Geoff ?
    One of my two plants now in flower is in Perlite - has been grown S/H. The other is in sphagnum moss on its own ; two other non-flowering smaller divisions- not yet pobound - are in bark/moss.... it is not fussy.

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    Ehhhhhhh! What's S/H? Any other growing considerations, light, humidity, temp?
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    semi hydroponc - see other threads here. standing oin water/nutrients - 24/7 but not necessarily every day of the year, i.e. excluding dry resting periods.
    Other considerations ? They just sit on the benches where I grow all my paphs, catts, oncids, etc....

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