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Cymbidium hookerianum Hooker's Cymbidium


Hooker's Cymbidium, Cymbidium hookerianum


Cymbidium hookerianum Rchb. f. 1866

Fragrance, Part sun, Cold To Cool, LATE Winter,  EARLY Spring

Common Name Hooker's Cymbidium [English Botanist 1800's] - In China Hu Tou Lan

Flower Size to 5 3/5" [to 14 cm]

Found in Nepal, Bhutan and Sikkim on steep banks in dense, damp forests or evergreen-oak forests often where thick moss occurs at elevations of 1500 to 2600 meters as a medium to large sized, cold to cool growing epiphyte or lithophyte with ovoid, elongate, bilaterally flattened pseudobulbs carrying linear-elliptic, acute, leaves that are articulate 1.6 to 4" [4 to 10 cm] from the pseudobulb that blooms in the late winter and early spring on a very stout, sheathed below, arching to pendant, slightly flattened, to 2 1/2' [75 cm] long, apically racemose inflorescence with triangular floral bracts and carrying 6 to 15, mostly nodding, extremely fragrant, long-lasting flowers.

Synonyms Cymbidium giganteum var. hookerianum [Rchb.f] Bois 1893; Cymbidium grandiflorum Griff. 1851; Cymbidium grandiflorum var punctatum Cogn 1893; Cymbidium hookerianum var hookerianum Wu & Chen 1980; Cyperorchis grandiflora (Sw.) Schltr. 1924