Friday, July 8, 2011

Coelogyne mooreana orchid - "Wild One"

My Coelogyne mooreana "Wild One" in flower at the moment. It's one of the beautiful varieties that are easy to grow for a beginner, as well as experienced orchid collector. It flowers with these large pristine white blooms that are sweetly scented, and quite a delight to see in the middle of our winter.

Coelogyne genus currently consist of about 150 different species, native to India to the Pacific Islands and as far north as southern China and the Philippines. They grow in the habitats from sea level to the high mountains and prefer semi-shade conditions and situations and in our climate quite happy to grow outside under the shade of the trees.

They are one of the easiest orchids to grow and to bring to flower and can grow quite quickly into large, bulky plants producing many sprays of sweetly scented blooms. They can also be planted in hanging baskets to show off their special flowers.

My plant is var "Wild One" native to Vietnam where it grows at moderate to high altitudes. It have upright inflorescence that usually develops from the new growth and have fragrant flowers, each about 8cm across. I've been growing it quite a few years now, it's quite constant performer and lives up to it's name, I divide it every couple of years and many of my friends share the beauty of the "Wild One" now.

13 comments:

Américo M.S. Pereira said...

I enjoy fragrant orchids, and that beautiful and delicate flowers. Congratulations.

Ron said...

Very lovely flowers, and if I am not mistaken, they are pleasantly scented, too.

Masha said...

It is a lovely flower, and I wish I could smell the fragrance. I enjoyed reading about it. How many orchids do you grow?

Hermes said...

That is such a beauty.

Bom said...

Very lovely!

Cathy and Steve said...

What a simply stunning bloom! We have a small orchid collection that would definitely benefit from one of these. Every year we add a new orchid but this year at the flower show, they had the same old dendrobians and phaelenopsis orchids... nothing new or different. Yours are stunning!

tomj said...

Orchids are gorgeous.Absolutely stunning flower.I have about ten different orchids and nothing compares to them!

Manandvan

klaraau01 said...

Thank you all for your kind comments and for sharing with me the beauty of the "Wild One". It will be flowering next couple weeks or so - just to take us through the colder months.

Bridget said...

Just came on your site through Blotanical. Beautiful Orchids. I don't grow Orchids but lots of wild ones grow in our area.

The Sage Butterfly said...

A lovely orchid! The white is the whitest white...so beautiful!

RHINO said...

The rose is the queen of flowers, but the orchid is the princess. It is so delicate.

Vacationrental

Andrea said...

Hi Klara, it looks like Catleya flower though the leaves are totally different. It is more interesting when you said it is scented. I just would like to tell you my white orchid which you ID and is endemic in the country is now still flowering, was able to withstand long dry season. I confess, much care is put on it now after learning it is endemic. Thank you so much again.

Bom said...

Klara, your Wild One doesn't look "wild" but more angelic. Or i'm just stereotyping through color. However did it get its name?