Cymbidium elongatum J.J. Wood, Du Puy & Shim 1988 SUBGENUS Cymbidium SECTION Floribundum Seth & Cribb Photo by Peter Maxwell

Plant in situ Mt Kinabalu Photo by Copyright Rogier Van Vugt and His PBase Orchid Photo Website

Common Name or Meaning The Elongate Cymbidium

Flower Size 1.6" [4 cm]

Found in Borneo [Sabah, Sarawak] near Mount Kinabalu at elevations of 1200 to 2300 meters in marshy areas of open scrubby montane woodlands as a medium to giant sized, cool to cold growing, monopodial, scrambling terrestrial orchid with a simple, elongate, erect to reclining stem enveloped completely by persistent, leaf-less to leaf-bearing sheaths with the lowermost being fiberous and the uppermost carrying, 4 to 8, distichous, broadly linear, ensiform to ligulate, conduplicate, gently curving, obtuse, mucronate, coriaceous, articulated to the leaf sheaths leaves that blooms in the spring and fall in situ on an axillary, lax, 1 to 4 flowered, racemose inflorescence enveloped by 6, narrowly elliptic, acute to acuminate, scarious, basal bracts both concealed within the conduplicate leaf blade and has ovate to triangular-ovate, acute, scarious floral bracts and carries slightly fragrant flowers.

This species only tentatively fits within the section Floribundum and more research needs to be done to place it more securely here or within another section


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 25 1520 - 1584 Brieger 1991; The Plants of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Orchids Wood Beaman & Beaman 1993 photo hmm; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994 drawing ok; Orchids of Borneo Vol 1 Chan, Shim, Lamb & Wood 1994 drawing/photo fide; The Genus Cymbidium Du Puy & Cribb 2007 photo/drawing fide; The Orchids of Mount Kinabalu Vol 1 Wood, Beaman, Lamb, Chu Lun and Beaman 2011 drawing/photo fide; The Orchids of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Wood, Beaman, Lamb, Chu Lun and Beaman 2011; A to Z of South East Asian Orchid Species Vol 2 O'Byrne 2011 photo fide