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Cymbidium devonianum Devon's Cymbidium


Devon's Cymbidium, Cymbidium devonianum


Cymbidium devonianum Paxton 1843

Full sun, Cool To Warm, LATESpring, EARLY Summer

Common Name Devon's Cymbidium [English Duke 1800's] - In China Fu Lan

Flower Size 1 to 1 1/2" [2.5 to 3.75 cm]

Found at altitudes of 1000 to 2000 meters in exposed locations on trees or mossy rocks in highland montane cloud forests from Assam India, eastern Himalayas, Nepal, Bhutan, Myanamar, Thailand and Vietnam as a medium sized, warm to cold growing epiphyte or lithophyte that has small, ovoid pseudobulbs enveloped by 5 to 6 scarious cataphylls and carrying 2 to 4 apical, suberect, thick, leathery, stoutly petiolate, channeled, oblong to lanceolate, obtuse to subacute, oblique, mucronate, margin entire leaves that are articulated from 2 to 6" away from the pseudobulb that blooms on a basal, sharply pendant, several to many [15 to 35] flowered, to more than 6 to 17.6" [15 to 44 cm] long, racemose inflorescence that has 6 to 7, cymbiform, acute, spreading, purple, subtending sheaths and triangular, acute floral bracts and carrying heavily textured, close set, long-lasting, color variable, non fragrant flowers occuring in late spring and early summer. This species, unlike most other Cymbidiums, needs a semi rest from water and fertilizer in the winter to insure proper blooming.

Synonyms Cymbidium rigidum Liu & Chen 2000; Cymbidium sikkimense Hooker f.1890