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Cymbidium finlaysonianum Finlayson's Cymbidium


Finlayson's Cymbidium , Cymbidium finlaysonianum


Cymbidium finlaysonianum Wall. ex Lindl. 1833

Common Name Finlayson's Cymbidium [English Orchid Collector in India 1800's] - In Thailand - Kare Karawn pakpet

Flower Size to 2 2/5" [6 cm]

A large sized, hot growing epiphyte on large trees and old rubber trees or on exposed rocks, cliffs and rocky limestone outcrops with collected humus as a lithophyte occuring in Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Sumatra, Suluwesi and on to the Philippines at elevations around sealevel to 1200 meters in lowlands near the sea in exposed locations with short, conical-ovoid pseudobulbs enveloped completely by several leaf bases and carrying to 5 to 7, thick, fleshy, narrowly lanceolate, rounded and unequally bilobed apically leaves that are articulated to the leaf bases that blooms in the spring on a 2' to 5' [60 to 150 cm] long, slender, pendulous, laxly many flowered inflorescence with inflated basal floral sheaths and fragrant flowers.

In Borneo people keep plants of this species in their houses to ward off evil spirits. Also sprinkling chewed roots of this species over an elephant is thought to cure it.

Synonyms Cymbidium pendulum var brevilabre Lindl. 1842; Cymbidium tricolor Miq. 1864; Cymbidium wallichii Lindl. 1833