Large Root Cymbidium
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Large Root Cymbidium
ative Photo: Samir Javed
Common name: Large Root Cymbidium
Botanical name: Cymbidium macrorhizon    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Aphyllorchis aberrans, Cymbidium nipponicum

Large Root Cymbidium is a leafless terrestrial orchid, growing up to a foot tall. Rhizomes are scaly, fleshy, branched. Scape is greenish with sheaths. Inflorescence is very lax, with 4-8 large flowers. Bracts are small, lanceshaped, 5-12 mm long. Sepals are pale brownish-olivgreen with some purple, pointed, up to 3 x 0.5 cm. Petals are somewhat shorter and broader, curved over the column. Lip is obscurely 3-lobed, whitish, marked with crimson blotches, ovate in outline, 2 cm long. Side-lobes are narrow, rounded, disk with a pair of thick ridges between the side lobes. Column is up to 1.5 cm long, with inner surface crimson. Large Root Cymbidium is found in N. Pakistan to E. India and Temp. E. Asia, including the Himalayas, at altitudes of 700-1500 m. Flowering: July-August.

Identification credit: Pankaj Kumar Photographed in Dehradun, Uttarakhand & Jharkhand.

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