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Thursday, 1 August 2013

FFF89 - CYMBIDIUM ORCHID

Cymbidium, or boat orchids, is a genus of 52 evergreen species in the orchid family Orchidaceae. It was first described by Olof Swartz in 1799. The name is derived from the Greek word kumbos, meaning 'hole, cavity'. It refers to the form of the base of the lip. The genus is abbreviated Cym in horticultural trade.

This genus is distributed in tropical and subtropical Asia (such as northern India, China, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Borneo) and northern Australia. The larger flowered species from which the large flowered hybrids are derived grow at high altitudes. Cymbidium plants are sympodial and grow to a height of 60 cm and the racemes as high as 90 cm. The raceme grows from the base of the most recent pseudobulb. Each flower can have a diameter of 5 to 10 cm, according to the species. They bloom during the winter, and each plant can have up to fifteen or more flowers.

The fantastic range of colours for this genus include white, green, yellowish-green, cream, yellow, brown, pink, and red [and orange] and black (and there may be markings of other colour shades at the same time), but not blue. The flowers last about ten weeks. They have a waxy texture. The rounded sepals and petals have about the same dimensions. They show very diverse colour patterns, different for every species.

It is one of the most popular and desirable orchids in the world because of the beautiful flowers. These plants make great houseplants, and are also popular in floral arrangements and corsages. They have been cultivated for thousands of years, especially in China. Cymbidiums became popular in Europe during the Victorian era. One feature that makes the plant so popular is the fact that it can survive during cold temperatures (as low as 7˚ C or 45˚ F).

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14 comments:

  1. Beautiful orchid, great picture!!

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  2. A beautiful specimen! I started this year with a small orchid plant. Hope it survives:)

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  3. I love orchids, and this one is a beauty! :)

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  4. That is truly a pretty orchid! Thanks for hosting and have a great weekend.

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  5. Beautiful picture. Stunning flower.

    Herding Cats

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  6. What a gorgeous orchid! Great shot!

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  7. Beautiful photo and very informative text. Thanks!

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  8. Lovely picture of a beautiful orchid! I love Cyms and have one, but I wasn't able to get it to bloom last year. Maybe next year.

    Just found your site and love it!

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  9. Beautiful orchid and great composition.

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