Cymbidium canaliculatum R. Brown 1810 SECTION Austrocymbidium Schlechter 1924 Photo by Lourens Grobler

Flower Closeup Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt, plant grown by Bill Weaver

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Common Name The Small Grooved Leaf Cymbidium - In Australia The Channeled Boat-Lip Orchid - The Tiger Boat-Lip Orchid

Flower Size 3/4" to 1 3/4" [1.8 to 4 cm]

This medium to just large sized, warm to cool growing epiphytic species is found in Northern Territories and Western Australia, Queensland and New South Wales in forests of Sclerophyll in hollows of dead branches at elevations of 5 to 900 meters with clustered, grey green, narrow ellipsoid pseudobulbs enveloped basally by several sheaths carrying 2 to 6, linear, erect, rigid, thick and grooved above leaves that blooms in the spring on a basal, arching, crowded, many small flowered, to 1 1/2' [45 cm] long, racemose scape with often more than one per pseudobulb giving rise to waxy, color variable, fragrant flowers that can be found growing quite happily in full sun and in dry conditions.

Synonyms Cymbidium canaliculatum f. aureolum Rupp 1934; Cymbidium canaliculatum f. barrettii (Nicholls) O.Gruss & M.Wolff 2007; Cymbidium canaliculatum f. fuscum Rupp 1934; Cymbidium canaliculatum f. inconstans Rupp 1934; Cymbidium canaliculatum f. purpurascens Rupp 1934; Cymbidium canaliculatum f. sparkesii (Rendle) O.Gruss & M.Wolfe 2007; Cymbidium canaliculatum f. viridiflorum D.P.Banks 2012; Cymbidium canaliculatum var. barrettii Nicholls 1942; Cymbidium canaliculatum var. marginatum Rupp 1934; Cymbidium canaliculatum var. sparkesii (Rendle) F.M.Bailey 1913; Cymbidium hillii F. Mueller 1879; Cymbidium sparkesii Rendle 1898

References W3 Tropicos Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; AOS Bulletin Vol 26 No 3 1957 as C hillii; AOS Bulletin Vol 26 No 3 1957; AOS Bulletin Vol 26 No 11 1957 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 28 No 2 1959 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 28 No 11 1959 photo as C canaliculatum var sparksii; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 35 No 4 1966; AOS Bulletin Vol 39 No 6 1970 photo; Orchid Digest Vol 42 No 2 1978 photo fide; Die Orchideen lieferung 24 Schlechter/Brieger 1991; Orchids Australia Vol 10 No 5 1998 photo; Orchid Australia Vol 11 No 3 1999 photo; Australian Orchid Review Vol 68 No 1 2003 photo; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 photo fide; The Genus Cymbidium Du Puy & Cribb 2007 drawing/photo fide

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Cymbidium canaliculatum f. purpurascens Rupp 1934 Photo by Lourens Grobler

A color variety of the previous species.

Cymbidium canaliculatum var. sparksii (Rendle) Bailey 1931 Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt

A dark colored version of the previous species.

References W3 Tropicos Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids Australia Vol 10 No 5 1998 photo;

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