Cymbidium madidum Lindley 1840 SECTION Austrocymbidium Schlechter 1924 Photo by Jeff Aguillon

Flower Closeup Photo by Danny Lentz plant grown by the Atlanta Botanical Garden


Common Name The Moist Forest Cymbidium - In Australia The Giant Boat-Lip Orchid

Flower Size 1.1" to 1.15" [2.6 to 2.8 cm]

This species occuring in Queensland and New South Wales Australia as a large to giant sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte that acts like a terrestrial as it rarely grows on bark, is found in hollows and crooks of branches where a lot of jungle detritus has collected and it likes shady conditions in or near rainforests of sea level up to 1300 meters in elevation with conical, ovoid pseudobulbs carrying up to 10, linear, acute, coriaceous, decurved when long leaves that blooms in the late winter through summer on a basal, pendant to arcuate, few to many flowered, 1 to 2' [30 to 60 cm] long, racemose inflorescence carrying faintly fragrant, fleshy flowers.

Synonyms Cymbidium albuciflorum F. Mueller 1888; Cymbidium iridifolium A Cunn. 1839; Cymbidium leai Rendle 1898; Cymbidium leroyi St.Cloud 1955; Cymbidium madidum var. leroyi (St.Cloud) Menninger 1961; Cymbidium queenianum Klinge 1899

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 26 No 3 1957 as C leroyoi; AOS Bulletin Vol 26 No 3 1957 as C leai; AOS Bulletin Vol 26 No 3 1957 as C iridifolium; AOS Bulletin Vol 26 No 3 1957 as C queeneanum; AOS Bulletin Vol 26 No 11 1957 as C iridifolum photo good; AOS Bulletin Vol 28 No 11 1959 photo ok; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; AOS Bulletin Vol 35 No 4 1966; AOS Bulletin Vol 38 #11 1969; Orchids of Australia Nicholls 1969 drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 42 No 2 1978 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 50 No 5 1981 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 25 1520 - 1584 Brieger 1991 drawing fide; The Manual of Cultivated Orchids Bechtel, Cribb, Launert 1992 drawing/photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 61 #2 1997 photo fide; Orchids of Australia Riley & Banks 2002; AOS Bulletin Vol 74 No 1 2005 photo fide; Native Australian Orchids Jones 2006 photo fide; The Genus Cymbidium Du Puy & Cribb 2007 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 86 # 1 2017 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Supplement Cymbidiums Vol 87 #10 2018 photo fide;


Cymbidium madidum Lindley 1840 var album