Low's Cymbidium
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Low's Cymbidium
ative Photo: Saroj Kasaju
Common name: Low's Cymbidium
Botanical name: Cymbidium lowianum    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Cymbidium giganteum var. lowianum, Cyperorchis lowiana

Low's Cymbidium orchid is probably the most widespread of all the orchid species. The bulky Low's Cymbidium has oval pseudobulbs bearing up to 10 strap-shaped pointed leaves that reach a length of 30 in. The flower spikes can become a foot long and bears up to 26 flowers that are very long lasting, up to 4 inches, with olive -green to yellowish tepals and a somewhat yellow lip with a red-edged middle lobe. The inflorescence is arched. The plant is native to Burma and the Himalayas. Flowering: January-April.

Identification credit: Pankaj Kumar Photographed in Kalimpong, West Bengal & Gangtok, Sikkim.
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