Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Limestone hill 09.11.21: Coelogyne sp.

This entry is part of this set:
http://www.sarawaklens.com/2009/11/exploring-limestone-hill-091121.html
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The genus Coelogyne is one of my favorites. C. asperata and C. swaniana are two species which I find quite easy to grow and flower. C. asperata is also highly fragrant. Besides being low-maintenance, they multiply fast too. Some other species are pretty difficult though, especially the high altitude species. On this hill, I encountered at least 3 species of Coelogyne.

I am placing photos of Pholidota in here as well. Only managed to photograph one flowering plant. It was growing on a limestone wall completely covered with moss.

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Like a string of beads, the small flowers are less than a centimeter across.

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They can be found growing on tree trunks as well as on rock.

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The following photo is of various orchids growing on a slope. The most abundant are Coelogyne orchids. There are at least three different species here. Coelogyne asperata, C. foerstermannii and C. swaniana.

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Besides Coelogyne, there are also other orchids such as Eria pulchella, Dendrochilum sp., Thelasis sp. and Chelonistele sp.

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Coelogyne swaniana colony on limestone.

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Coelogyne swaniana on limestone.

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Another very healthy colony on limestone. There is a lot of leaf litter around the roots but not enough to create a thick layer of humus.

I believe there is also C. motleyi here as well but didn’t see any in flower.

1 comment:

daniel said...

wow I think it would be amazing going into the wild and finding all those orchids that I had never seen, that should be a terrific experience for me, thanks for sharing!

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