Cymbidium insigne Rolfe 1904 SECTION Cyperorchis Hunt 1970 Photo courtesy of Lourens Grobler

Flower Closeup Photo courtesy of Jean Claude George

Another Color Form

Alba color form Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt

LATE to

Common Name The Splendid Cymbidium - In China Mei Hua Lan

Flower Size 2.8 to 3 1/2" [7 to 9 cm]

Found in Thailand, Vietnam and Hainan China in highland primary cloud forests in shallow, sandy soils among sandstone rocks often in the shade of low bushes at elevations of 1000 to 2600 meters as a large to giant sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with ovoid, lightly bilaterally flattened pseudobulbs carrying 6 to 10, narrowly linear-elliptic, tapering to an acute apex leaves articulated to a broadly sheathing base, 2 to 6" [5 to 15 cm] from the pseudobulb that blooms in the fall through spring on a sheathed, erect, 3'4" to 4'8" [100 to 150 cm] tall, loosely several to many [to 27] flowered inflorescence and carrying, non-fragrant, close set flowers.

Synonyms Cymbidium insigne f. album (O'Brien) O.Gruss & M.Wolff 2007; Cymbidium insigne var. album O'Brien 1917; Cymbidium insigne var sandreae [O'Brien] Hort 1909; Cymbidium insigne subsp. seidenfadenii P.J.Cribb & Du Puy 2007; Cymbidium sanderi O'Brien 1905; Cyperorchis insignis (Rolfe) Schltr. 1924

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 photo fide; The Orchids of Thailand Seidenfaden & Smitinand 1959; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; AOS Bulletin Vol 49 No 8 1980 photo as C insigne var alba; Die Orchideen lieferung 24 Schlechter/Brieger 1991 photo ok; Thai Orchid Species Rakpaibulsombat 1992 photo hmm; Orchid Digest Vol 57 No 2 1993 drawing fide; Wild Orchids of China Tsi, Chen Mori 1997; Native Orchids of China in Colour Singchi, Zhanhuo and Yibo 1999 photo fide; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2005 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 71 No 1 2007 photo; The Genus Cymbidium Du Puy & Cribb 2007 photo/drawing fide; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007; A Field Guide to the Orchids of China Singchi, Zhongjian, Yibo, Xiaohua and Zhanhuo 2009 photo fide; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing fide; The Atlas of Wild Orchids in Hainan Island, China Shenyan and Junmei 2010 photo fide

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