Coelogyne flaccida S.E. Asia/ South China at mid-high elevations.
Known as Li Lin Bei Mu Lan in China, Coelogyne flaccida is a spectacular species if given the right conditions. The very fragrant flowers are borne on a cascading inflorescence that seems to freely hang from unusually “rippled” foliage. The trick is bright light but cooler temperatures (sometimes hard to achieve) with heavy watering when actively growing. This specimen is grown in an 8" clay pot and suspended high just below the direct path of our cooler.
Described in 2001, Coel. usitana is known for the remarkable contrast between the lip and column of the flower. The lip is best described as “brick red” but can appear almost black unless viewed in good light. Like other coelogyne, it’s flower spikes emerge from the center of developing leaves and cascade over the pot before a single sequentially-blooming bud develops. While the foliage is growing, it forms a funnel shape and care must be taken to avoid letting water stand in the center or rot can set in- killing the foliage and flower spike. As the growth matures an oval shaped pseudobulb is formed with a single wide leaf at the top. I have grown many different plants of this species and it’s fairly accommodating in moderately bright light and intermediate temperatures (85 deg high/55 deg low) hung for good airflow and viewing of the flowers.