Cymbidiella flabellata (Thouars) Rolfe 1822 Photo courtesy of Olaf Pronk and Laurette E.U.R.L. orchids of Madagascar

Flower Closeup Photo courtesy of Lourens Grobler

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Common Name The Fan-Shaped Cymbidiella

Flower Size 2 to 2 1/4" [5 to 5.5 cm]

Found in Madagascar on wet rocks or in peaty bogs at elevations of sea level to 1200 meters as a large to giant sized, hot to cool growing terrestrial or lithophytic orchid with 3" to 4" [7.5 to 10 cm] between each narrow pseudobulb enveloped by 6 to 8 narrowly lingulate-loriform, acute, veined leaves that blooms in the spring on a 10 to 24" [25 to 60 cm] long, several flowered inflorescence carrying several short, distant and apiculate sheaths and lanceolate, acute floral bracts.

Synonyms Caloglossum flabellatum (Thouars) Schltr. 1918; Cymbidiella perrieri Schltr. 1925; Cymbidium flabellatum (Thouars) Spreng. 1826; Graphorkis flabellata (Spreng.) Kuntze 1891; *Limodorum flabellatum Thouars 1822

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Historie Particulier des Plantes Orchidees Recueilles Sur Trois Iles Australes d'Afrique Thouars 1822 as Limodorum flabellatum Drawing fide; Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1939/1983; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Orchid Digest No 38 No 2 1974 photo fide; Die Orchideen lieferung 24 Schlechter/Brieger 1991 drawing/photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 65 No 4 1996 photo; Orchids of Madagascar Hermans 2007 photo fide; Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar Cribb & Herman 2009 photo fide

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