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Coelogyne nitida

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    My latest purchase. Its labelled C ocellata but my research turned out that the accepted name is Coelogyne nitida. C ocellata and ochracea are only synonyms.

    Compact plant with strong musky fragrance.

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    Hi Tanya!
    One of my favorite coelogyne species! Nice purchase!
    However, someone (a very respectable orchid person) told me that coelogyne ochracae and coelogyne nitida look very similar and their flowers are also almost identical but they are two separate species because coelogyne ochracae flowers during spring time while coelogyne nitida flowers in the fall. On another personal note, I also find the fragrance of C. ochracae is very distinct from that of C. nitida (which smells like coconut-vanilla). The fragrance of C. ochracae is very complex yet extremely pleasant (like jasmine but with a musky and olong-tea leaves-hint!) so much that you can't have enough of it.
    Cheers. Hoa.

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    Thanks for the added info, Tony. This one have diffinitely complex fragrance and very strong.

    I am wondering if this one can tolerate hot summer?

    Thanks again.

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    Hi Tanya,
    Very hard to tell! They are supposedly cool-growing species but if I take them into the GH during the winter here and keep them at the coolest spots of the GH, they do just fine. If I leave them out during the winter, they are OK too. During the summer, definitely, I leave them outside and mist them like crazy! So I guess you could try your best to keep them cool during the summer by misting them continously during hot days.
    If you can manage to keep them alive and prosper, they will reward you with one of the most amazing fragrance in the orchid kingdom. Last year, a specimen of Coelogyne ochracae won The Best in Show for Fragrance at the New York International Orchid Show at the Rockefeller Center.
    Cheers. Hoa.

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    Thanks again, Tony. It sounds like its going to love the summer rain. Good thing I mounted it.

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    Very sweet, thos markings look like two little hearts!

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