Coelogyne merrillii Ames 1911 SECTION Lentiginosae Pfitzer & Kraenzlin Photo courtesy of Dale and Deni Borders.

FragrancePart shadeCoolTo HotSpring

Common Name Merril's Coelogyne [American Botanist, the Philippines 1900's]

Flower Size 1 1/2 to 2" [3.5 to 5 cm]

A Philippine lithophytic species from the island of Luzon that is found growing on mossy rocks among leaf litter in upper montane pine forests at elevations of 300 to 2300 meters as a small sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte with ovoid furrowed, pseudobulbs enveloped basally by a few sheaths carrying 2, apical, oblong-lanceolate, acuminate, acute, leathery, plicate [2 to 5 veined], gradually narrowing below into the elongate, grooved, petiolate base leaves that blooms in the spring on a terminal, 2 to 10" [5 to 25 cm] long, arcuate, few [2 to 4] flowered, 2 winged, racemose inflorescence arising from a new growth, with deciduous floral bracts, carrying 2 to 4, simultaneously opening, very fragrant, long-lasting flowers. Cool to warm temperatures, semi-shade, air circulation and a treefern mount or pot with tree fern chunks suits this species fine.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidiana Philipiniana Vol 1 Valmayor 1984; The Orchids of the Philippines Cootes 2001 photo fide; The Genus Coelogyne A Synopsis, D A Clayton 2002 photo fide; Flora Malesiana Orchids of the Philippines Vol I Agoo, Shuiteman and de Vogel 2003; Australian Orchid Review Vol 69 No 2 2004 photo;