Lanceleaf Cymbidium
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Lanceleaf Cymbidium
P Native Photo: Jambey Tsering
Common name: Lanceleaf Cymbidium, Spoon Leaf Orchid
Botanical name: Cymbidium lancifolium    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Cymbidiopsis lancifolia, Cymbidium bambusifolium, Cymbidium javanicum

Lanceleaf Cymbidium is a medium sized, rock-dwelling orchid on limestone outcroppings and cliffs or terrestrial in damp humus filled crevasses or in rich soils dampened by mists and splash along steep watercourses with spindle-shaped, fleshy pseudobulbs carrying 3-6 pleated, thin-textured, elliptic, pointed, stalked leaves. The plant blooms on a erect, to more than 30 cm long, with 5 to 6 distantly spaced, long-lasting, fragrant flowers. Flowers are often not scented, 2-2.5 cm in diameter; flower-stalk and ovary 2-2.5 cm; sepals and petals white or pale green, midvein sometimes purplish brown. Lip is white or pale green with purplish brown markings. Sepals are inverted-lanceshaped-oblong, 2.2-2.7 cm x 5-7 mm, tip pointed. Petals are almost oblong, 15-23 x 5-7 mm, tip pointed. Lip is ovate-oblong, 1.5-2 cm, not fused to basal margins of column, obscurely 3-lobed; lateral lobes erect, mid-lobe recurved, broadly ovate, 6-11 x 6-12 mm. Lanceleaf Cymbidium is found in Tropical & Subtropical Asia, including the Himalayas, at altitudes of 300-2200 m. Flowering: May-August.

Identification credit: Jambey Tsering Photographed in Sessa, West Kameng, Arunachal Pradesh.

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