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Orchid Species: Cymbidium iridioides

Cymbidium iridioides is an orchid species identified by D.Don in 1825.
Genus
Cymbidium (Cym.)
Grex
iridioides
(name currently accepted by Kew)
Parents
Species
Author
D.Don
Year
1825
ORIGIN: This species is from the Chinese Himalayas, Assam India, eastern Himalayas, Nepal, western Himalayas, Myanmar 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.

DESCRIPTION: Large sized, cool to cold growing, epiphyte and sometimes lithophyte 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.

FLOWER SIZE: 3 to 4 inches [7.5 to 10 cm] -- information provided by Jay Pfahl, author of the Internet Orchid Species Encyclopedia (IOSPE).
Other Names
Genus Name Genus Grex Name Origin
Add+ Cymbidium Cym giganteum
Add+ Cyperorchis Cy gigantea
Most awarded/recent cultivars: Cym. iridioides 'Dresden' (2014) Cym. iridioides 'Gap Sook' (2007)
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