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Orchid Species: Coelogyne cristata

(This name is currently accepted by Kew.)

Coelogyne cristata is an orchid species identified by Lindl. in 1824.
Genus
Coelogyne (Coel.)
Grex
cristata
(name currently accepted by Kew)
Parents
Species
Author
Lindl.
Year
1824
ORIGIN: This species is from the western Himalayas, eastern Himalayas, Assam, Nepal, Bhutan, Sikkim and Java in lower to upper montane forests at altitudes of 1500 to 2600 meters.

DESCRIPTION: A small to medium sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte and occasional lithophyte with oblong, smooth, clustered to well spaced pseudobulbs carrying 2, apical, plicate, 3 to 10 nerved, narrowly lanceolate, sessile, acute, slightly undulate leaves that blooms on a terminal, pendulous to semi-erect, 6 to 12 [15 to 30 cm] long, racemose, few to several [3 to 10], fragrant flowered inflorescence with persistant bracts arising basally on a mature growth and occurring from mid-winter till spring.

FLOWER SIZE: Up to 4 inches [up to 10 cm] -- information provided by Jay Pfahl, author of the Internet Orchid Species Encyclopedia (IOSPE).
Other Names
Genus Name Genus Grex Name Year Author
Add+ Pleione Pln speciosissima 1891 (D.Don) Kuntze
Add+ Cymbidium Cym speciosissimum 1825 D.Don
Most awarded/recent cultivars: Coel. cristata 'Wössen' (16 awards from 2010 to 2017) Coel. cristata 'The Queen' (4 awards from 1982 to 2018) Coel. cristata var. hololeuca 'Wössen' (4 awards from 2013 to 2018) Coel. cristata var. hololeuca 'Wössen II' (2 awards in 2017) Coel. cristata var. hololeuca 'Maria' (2 awards in 2017) Coel. cristata 'Martin' (2 awards in 2016) Coel. cristata h.f. alba 'Harald' (2 awards in 2015) Coel. cristata f. hololeuca 'Wössen' (2 awards in 2015) Coel. cristata 'Sternberg' (2 awards in 2014) Coel. cristata 'Helga' (2 awards in 2013) Coel. cristata 'Weihe' (2 awards in 2012) Coel. cristata 'Jardin Botanique de Montreal' (2 awards in 2011) Coel. cristata 'Harley's Pride' (2 awards in 2002) Coel. cristata 'Stirling' (2 awards in 1996) Coel. cristata 'Orchid Hill' (2 awards from 1971 to 1974) Coel. cristata 'Walter' (2018) Coel. cristata 'Barbarossa' (2018) Coel. cristata 'Dresden' (2017) Coel. cristata h.f. alba 'Wasserwerk' (2017) Coel. cristata 'Gunter' (2015)
Articles Published in ORCHIDS.ORG Likes
BEGINNERS: Best Species by Robert M. [Bert] Hamilton (Compiler). In a cool area: Laelia anceps, L. gouldiana, L. harpophylla, Rossioglossum grande, Coelogyne cristata, C. flaccida, C. ochracea; for the warm area: Phalaenopsis schilleriana, P. stuartiana, P. lind... 0
COELOGYNE CRISTATA: Flowering Strains by Robert M. [Bert] Hamilton (Compiler). There must be plants of different strains because some are more free flowering than others; excellent plants many years old refuse to bloom for years. OR77-78 0
COELOGYNE CRISTATA: Growing Technique by Robert M. [Bert] Hamilton (Compiler). From April to September is the growing season so water it well and keep it well lighted; from October onward give it no water, until spikes appear in late winter, or early spring; the bulbs shrivel... 0
COELOGYNE CRISTATA: How to Get it to Flower by Robert M. [Bert] Hamilton (Compiler). Grow it in the hot house to Labor Day; move it then to the cool house or with the cymbidiums; at Christmas move it back to the warm house; flowers appear in 60 days. ODA72-128 0
COELOGYNE CRISTATA: How to Make it Flower by Robert M. [Bert] Hamilton (Compiler). From November to January give it rest with no water but keep it cool, hang it high for light; in January and February the flowers appear, start watering again; from March to October give it full su... 0
COELOGYNE CRISTATA: Non-flowering Types by Robert M. [Bert] Hamilton (Compiler). Mass imports years ago brought in both good and poor flowering types; people still struggle with the plants which never have or probably never will produce flowers. OR74-146; non-flowering coelogyn... 0
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