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Cymbidium elegans Elegant Cymbidium


Elegant Cymbidium , Cymbidium elegans


Cymbidium elegans Lindl. 1828 S
Fragrance, Partial shade, Cold To Warm Fall,  to early Winter

Common Name The Elegant Cymbidium - In China Suo Cao Lan

Flower Size 1 1/2" [3.75 cm]

Found as a large sized, cold to warm growing epiphyte or lithophyte on trees and rocks overhanging streams in shady locations at elevations of 1500 to 2800 meters from the Chinese Himalayas, Assam India, eastern Himalayas, Nepal, Bhutan, Sikkim and Myanamar with ovoid, bilaterally compressed pseudobulbs and carrying narrowly linear-elliptic, acute, hooded and unequally bilobed apically leaves articulated 1.6 to 4.8" [4 to 12 cm] from the pseudobulb that blooms on an arching to pendant, slender, to 2' [60 cm] long, racemose, densely many flowered [20 to 35] inflorescence with slightly scented, close set flowers that do not open well, arising from the lower leaf axils occuring in the fall to early winter.

This species seems to be by precedence C longifolium D. Don as it was described previously but the name was rejected under article 69 of the ICBN.

Synonyms Cymbidium densiflorum Griff. 1851 ; Cymbidium longifolium D.Don 1825; Cyperorchis elegans [Lindley] Blume 1849; Limodorum angustifolium Buch.-Ham. ex Lindl. 1833;