Cymbidium finlaysonianum Wall. ex Lindl. 1833 SECTION Cymbidium Hunt 1970 Photo By Jay Pfahl

Another View Photo by Eric Hunt, plant grown by OrchidMania

Common Name Finlayson's Cymbidium [English Orchid Collector in India 1800's] - In Thailand - Kare Karawn pakpet

Flower Size to 2 2/5" [6 cm]

A large sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte on large trees and old rubber trees or on exposed rocks, cliffs and rocky limestone outcrops with collected humus as a lithophyte occuring in Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Sumatra, Suluwesi and on to the Philippines at elevations around sea level to 1200 meters in lowlands near the sea in exposed locations with short, conical-ovoid pseudobulbs enveloped completely by several leaf bases and carrying to 5 to 7, thick, fleshy, narrowly lanceolate, rounded and unequally bilobed apically, articulated to the base leaves that blooms in the winter and spring on a 2' to 5' [60 to 150 cm] long, slender, pendulous, laxly, many flowered inflorescence with inflated, basal floral sheaths and carrying fragrant flowers.

In Borneo people keep plants of this species in their houses to ward off evil spirits. Also sprinkling chewed roots of this species over an elephant is thought to cure it.

Synonyms Cymbidium pendulum var brevilabre Lindl. 1842; Cymbidium tricolor Miq. 1864; Cymbidium wallichii Lindl. 1833

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Von Java J.J.Sm. 1905; Die Orchideen Von Java Figuren Atlas J.J.Smith 1908 drawing fide; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Flora of Malaya Vol 1 Holttum 1957 drawing good; AOS Bulletin Vol 28 No 5 1959; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1961; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1965 corrections; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Beautiful Thai Orchid Species Kamemoto & Sagarik 1975 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 42 No 4 1978 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 44 No 5 1980 photo fide; The Complete Writings on Philippine Orchids Vol 1 Quisumbing 1981; The Complete Writings on Philippine Orchids Vol 2 Quisumbing 1981 drawing/photo fide; Opera Botanica #72 Orchid Genera in Thailand XI Cymbidiaeae Seidenfaden 1983 drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 48 No 3 1984 photo fide; Orchidiana Philipiniana Vol 1 Valmayor 1984; Orchidiana Philipiniana Vol 1 Valmayor 1984 as Cym gonzalesii; Orchids of Java Comber 1990 photo ok; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 25 1520 - 1584 Brieger 1991 photo fide; The Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia and Singapore Seidenfaden & Wood 1992 drawing fide; Orchids of Malaya Segerback 1992 photo fide; The Manual of Cultivated Orchids Bechtel, Cribb, Launert 1992 drawing/photo fide; The Plants of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Orchids Wood Beaman & Beaman 1993; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994 drawing fide; Identification of the Orchids [Orchidaceae Juss.] Vietnam Averyanov 1994; Orchids of Borneo Vol 1 Chan, Shim, Lamb & Wood 1994 drawing/photo; Orchids Australia Vol 10 No 5 1998 photo; Orchid Australia Vol 12 No 4 2000 photo; Orchids of Sumatra Comber 2001 photo fide; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2001 photo fide; Orchids of Sarawak Beeman & Wood 2001 photo fide; The Orchids of the Philippines Cootes 2001 photo fide; A to Z of South East Asian Orchid Species Vol 1 O'Byrne 2001 photo fide; Lindleyana Vol 17 No 1 2002; Flora Malesiana Orchids of the Philippines Vol I Agoo, Shuiteman and de Vogel 2003; AOS Bulletin Vol 73 No 10 2004 photo; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2005 pohoto fide; The Genus Cymbidium Du Puy & Cribb 2007 photo/drawing fide; The Orchids of Mount Kinabalu Vol 2 Wood, Beaman, Lamb, Chu Lun and Beaman 2011 photo fide

Cymbidium finlaysonianum var flava

Inflorescence Photo courtesy of Vortex Orchids