Cymbidium qiubeiense K.M.Feng & H.Li 1980 SECTION Jensoa [Raf.] Schlechter 1924


Photos by Takato NATSU from Japan and his Japan Orchids Page

FragrancePart shadeWarm To CoolFall

Common Name The Qiubei Xian Cymbidium [An area within Yunnan Province in China] - In China Qui Bei Dong Hui Lan

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in Yunnan and Guangxi provinces of China in limestone floored woods at elevations around 700 to 1800 meters as a medium to large sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with ovoid pseudobulbs enveloped hy 3 to 4, purplish brown to violet, caducous sheaths and carrying 2 to 3, linear, acuminate, serrate, dark green tinged with dull purple, wiry, filiform, petiolate base leaves that blooms in the fall on an erect, purple to violet, 10 to 12" [25 to 30 cm] long, 5 to 6 flowered inflorescence with 2 violet sheaths and lanceolate, acuminate floral bracts and carrying, fragrant flowers.

This species is most always given as a synonym of C kanran but if the photo determination is correct then it is a separate, distinct species. I leave it separate until more information becomes available to me. This species has 2 to 3 leaves with a wiry petiole and shorter sepals, as well as the purple spotted sheaths


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Genus Cymbidium Du Puy & Cribb 2007 photo fide; 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 ok; The Wild Orchids in Yunnan Xu Xiang Ye & Liu 2010 photos fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 86 # 11 2017 photo fide; Atlas of Native Orchids of China Vol 2 Jin Xiaohua, Li Jianwu and Ye Deping 2019 photo fide;