Cymbidium maguanense F.Y.Liu 1996 SECTION Cyperorchis Hunt 1970


Photos by Takato NATSU from Japan and his Japan Orchids Page

FragrancePart shadeCool Fall

Common Name The Maguan Cymbidium [An area within Yunnan Province in China] - In China Xiang Ya Bai

Flower Size

Found in Yunnan China on trees in forests at elevations around 1000 to 1800 meters as a small sized, cool growing epiphyte with subcylindric pseudobulbs enveloped by leaf sheaths and carrying 8 to 9, distichous, lorate, articulate, acuminate and unequally bilobed apically leaves that blooms in the fall on 1 to 2, axillary, suberect, 8 to 18" [20 to 45 cm] long, 2 to 15 flowered inflorescence with ovate-triangular floral bracts and carrying fragrant, not opening well flowers.

This species is most always given as a synonym of C mastersii but if the photo determination is correct then it is a separate distinct species. It may actually be a natural hybrid between C mastersii and C eburneum. I leave it separate until more information becomes available to me.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2001 as C mastersii; The Genus Cymbidium Du Puy & Cribb 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 Illustrations Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing; The Wild Orchids in Yunnan Xu Xiang Ye & Liu 2010 photos fide; Atlas of Native Orchids of China Vol 2 Jin Xiaohua, Li Jianwu and Ye Deping 2019 photo fide;