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Coelogyne rochusseni

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by Ricardo, Oct 22, 2019.

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  1. Ricardo

    Ricardo Slave of demanding bird

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    Bloomed today. The fragrance of the flowers in nice, but around 10 am it was so strong I could almost taste it. The combined fragrance of dozens of flowers on two inflorescences was so powerful that it was somewhat cloying. So it is best enjoyed from a distance. ross2.jpg
     
  2. Cor van Honk

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    It is a beauty! This one has been an all time favourite of Dutch growers since the nineteenth century. It was named after the governor Jan Jacob Rochussen of the Dutch East Indies, present day Indonesia, from 1845-1851. The botanists of the governmental botanical garden of Buitenzorg, present day Bogor, just south of Jakarta, had the habit of naming the nicest new plants after governors. Bulbophyllum pahudii was named after Charles Ferdinand Pahud. Cinchona pahudiana which was introduced to Indonesia in 1854 by Pahud to produce quinine on a large scale against malaria was also named after him by the curator of the botanical garden Binnendijk. Binnendijk's name lives on in Bulbophyllum binnendijkii and in Ficus binnendijkii.
    One famous grower of Coelogyne rochusseni, Koos Wubben, has been growing them for 60 years now and his greenhouse is spectacular when they bloom. He also grows beautiful specimens of Coelogyne dayana, C. massangeana, C. devonianum and many more. https://www.orchidwubben.com/plants.
    Worth a visit!
     
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    The inflorescences have a beautiful spiral structure that is not visible in the photographs I have seen of the species.

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    Simply amazing flowers and structure. Are these familiar large Coelogynes?
     
  5. Ricardo

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    In the island where I live, this plant was unheard of until quite recently, when there was a tiny importation of a few plants that went for relatively high prices. Well cultivated Coelogyne plants can become astonishing specimens, but the ones who are larger plants, due to their climatic needs are not common among hobbyists in temperate regions. Coelogyne cristata can produce breathtaking specimens in colder regions and even small flowered green ones are able to give a nice show. Ricardo's Blog, : Coelogyne parishii Hook. f. 1862, a specimen plant
     
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    Very nice spikes!
     
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    Beautiful