Sunday, March 22, 2015

Orchid of the day: Coelogyne nitida

Coelogyne nitida

Coelogyne nitida is a cool-growing species originating in the Himalayas of India and Southeast Asia, e.g. Nepal, Bhutan, upper Burma, Northeastern India, Bangladesh, China, Thailand and Laos. This orchid requires a resting period in winter, with very little watering and these conditions may aid flowering.

A) Coelogyne nitida from 2010

In my earlier post from February 4, 2014, I featured the orchid in the above picture (A). We have since then divided it and one half has started to bloom. The flowers from this plant is being featured in this post.

B) A few weeks after the orchid was divide in April 2014. One flower stem developed at that time with two blooms.

C) March 13th, 2015. The divided plant flourished and this year developed two healthy looking flower stems.

D) Flower buds up close.

E) Another close up from above.

F) By March 22nd, all six flowers developed.

G) The beautiful pair of yellow-orange dots, also known as the eyes, are prominently featured on the upper portion of the lip of each flower.

H) All six flowers in bloom today.

That's all I have for this post. I hope the flowers will last for awhile. I love the beautiful yellow dots on each of the flowers. 

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