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Cymbidium lowianum Low's Cymbidium


Low's Cymbidium, Cymbidium lowianum


Cymbidium lowianum (Rchb. f.) Rchb. f. 1879

Common Name Low's Cymbidium [English Nursuryman 1800's] - In China Bi Yu Lan

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

Found in Burma, Thailand, SW China and Vietnam in shaded, highland montane cloud forests at elevations of 1200 to 2400 meters as a large sized, cold to warm growing epiphyte with compressed pseudobulbs enveloped basally by distichous, leaf bases carrying to 9, narrowly linear-lanceolate, acuminate leaves articulate 2.4 to 4" [6 to 10 cm] from the pseudobulb which blooms in the late winter and spring on a stout, suberect to horizontal, 3'4" foot [100 cm] long, with several to many [12 to 40] flowered inflorescence enveloped by sheaths and triangular floral bracts with long-lasting, fragrant or not, flowers situated at the apex.

Synonyms *Cymbidium giganteum var. lowianum Rchb. f. 1877; Cymbidium hookerianum var. lowianum (Rchb.f.) Y.S.Wu & S.C.Chen 1980; Cyperorchis lowiana (Rchb.f.) Schltr. 1924

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1959; Orchid Digest Vol 42 No 4 1978 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 44 No 4 1980 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 62 No 12 1993 photo; Wild Orchids of China Tsi, Chen Mori 1997; Orchids Australia Vol 10 No 6 1998 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 68 No 8 1999 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 68 No 9 1999 photo; Native Orchids of China in Colour Singchi, Zhanhuo and Yibo 1999 photo fide; Orchids Australia Vol 12 No 6 2000 photo; Wild Orchids in Myanamar Vol 2 Tanaka 2004; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007; The Genus Cymbidium Du Puy & Cribb 2007 drawing/photo fide; Native Orchids From Gaoligongshan Maountains, China Xiaohua, Xiaodong and Xiaochun 2009 photo fide; A Field Guide to the Orchids of China Singchi, Zhongjian, Yibo, Xiaohua and Zhanhuo 2009 photo fide; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing ok; The Wild Orchids in Yunnan Xu Xiang Ye & Liu 2010 photos fide;