Cymbidium whiteae King & Pantl. 1898 SECTION Eburnea

Photo by David Banks

Full sun CoolFall

Common Name or Meaning White's Cymbidium [Mrs. White, English Plant Collector in Sikkim late 1800's]

Flower Size 1.4" [3.5 cm]

Found in Sikkim in evergreen forests at elevations of 1500 to 2000 meters as a small sized, cool growing epiphyte with narrowly ovoid, lightly bilaterally compressed pseudobulbs carrying 12 to 14, distichous, narrowly oblong, arching, tapering to an acute unequal apex, jointed leaves articulated 1.2 to 6" [3 to 15 cm] from the pseudobulb to the broad leaf base that blooms in the fall on an arching then pendant, 4.6" [14 cm] long, 10 to 12 flowered, racemose, purple inflorescence with boat-shaped, inflated sheaths and triangular floral bracts carrying suberect to campanulate flowers.

Synonyms Cyperorchis whiteae (King & Pantl.) Schltr. 1924

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 drawing fide; Indian Orchids Guide to Identification and Culture Vol 2 Pradhan 1979 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 25 1520 - 1584 Brieger 1991; Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002; The Genus Cymbidium Du Puy & Cribb 2007 photo/drawing fide; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007; Orchid Digest Vol 76 #3 2012 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Supplement Cymbidiums Vol 87 #10 2018 photo fide;