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Cymbidium iridioides Iris-Like Cymbidium


Iris-Like Cymbidium, Cymbidium iridioides


Cymbidium iridioides D. Don 1825

Fragrance, Part shade, Warm To Cold , Summer,  Fall

Common Name The Iris-Like Cymbidium - In China Huang Chan Lan

Flower Size 3 to 4" [7.5 to 10 cm]

This species is from the Chinese Himalayas, Assam India, eastern Himalayas, Nepal, western Himalayas, Myanamar and Vietnam on mossy trees in shady, wet montane forests or on rocks in forests or on cliffbanks and is found at an altitude of 1000-2800 meters as a large sized, warm to cold growing, epiphyte and sometimes lithophye with elongate-ovoid, bilaterally compressed pseudobulbs enveloped basally by distichous, persistent leaf bases and carrying 4 to 7, narrowly lanceolate to linear-lanceolate, acute, mid-green leaves articulated 2.4 to 4.4" [6 to 11 cm] from the pseudobulb to a yellow green, broad leaf base that blooms in the summer and fall on a suberect or horizontal, 18" to 3' [45 to 90 cm] long, racemose, several [4 to 20] flowered inflorescence enveloped by scarious sheaths and triangular floral bracts that carries rather distant, long-lasting, slightly fragrant flowers.

Synonyms Cymbidium giganteum Wall. ex Lindl. 1833; Cyperorchis gigantea (Blume) Schltr. 1924; Iridorchis gigantea [Lindley]Blume ; Limodorum longifolium Buch.-Ham. ex Lindl. 1833