Looks very nice.
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This is a discussion on Coelogyne ochracea , v.lemoiniana within the Orchids of Other Genera IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Some element of mystery here, about what the correct name is, for this lovely species ...
Some element of mystery here, about what the correct name is, for this lovely species
. It's one I grew in my earliest collection, more than 50 years ago , and which one of our UK nurseries has made a speciality of. And I always knew it under the ochracea name, and the nursery still sell it under that name . Our biggest (?) flower show in UK is the Chelsea show, and this nursery exhibited there for 50 years or so ( they don't now - London is a very expensive place , and their sales don't pay the costs) but for many of those 50 years they had a great bank of these plants right across the front of their stand. They still sell them - in fact I bought this one a couple of days ago ; my original plants died out when I tried growing warmer for the sake of Vandas and Catts. Now I';m growing cooler again, this is one orchid I have to have.
They are scented too - a bitter sweet lemony scent.
The mystery is that the books ( Jay too) say it is a synonym of Coel.nitida. Even the Kew monograph on Coel' says so. But they all describe nitida as having conical bulbs , and as can be clearly seen ( I hope) this little beauty does not have conical bulbs, but ones shaped and indeed sized like my fingers - I have big hands - and no-one could possibly call them conical !
I have seen C.nitida growing in the wild, with , indeed, conical bulbs, and flowers of different proportion to these .
I am going to carry on calling mny plant C.ochracea, and maybe one day I can have a discussion about it at Kew, and put them right - or be put right.
Looks very nice.