Rigid Cymbidium
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Rigid Cymbidium
P Native Photo: Saroj Kasaju
Common name: Rigid Cymbidium
Botanical name: Cymbidium devonianum    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Cymbidium rigidum, Cymbidium sikkimense Hook.f.

Sikkim Cymbidium is a medium sized orchid, growing on trees and rocks, that has small, ovoid pseudobulbs enveloped by 5 to 6 scarious cataphylls. The plant carries 2-4 apical, nearly erect, thick, leathery, stoutly stalked, channeled, oblong to lanceshaped, blunt to somewhat pointed leaves which are oblique, with a short sharp point, and have margin entire. The plant blooms on a basal, sharply pendant, 15-35 flowered, up to more than 15-44 cm long, raceme that has 6 to 7, boat-shaped, pointed, spreading, purple, subtending sheaths and triangular, pointed floral bracts and carry heavily textured, close set, long-lasting, color variable, non fragrant flowers. Flowers are 2-3 cm across. Sepals and petals brownish to pale purple, with very narrow pale greenish margins; lip of a darker shade mottled with spots of even darker shade, also the base of the lip got a white patch and two dark purplish violet spots on the sides. Sepals are nearly equal, oblong to lanceshaped, pointed, dorsal erect and lateral wavy. Petals are slightly smaller than the sepals, ovate-lanceshaped, spreading. Both the sepals and petals are five nerved. Lip as long as petals, oblong, base decurved. Rigid Cymbidium is found in eastern Himalayas, Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam, at altitudes of 1000-2000 m. Flowering: May.

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

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