Sichuan Cymbidium
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Sichuan Cymbidium
P Native Photo: Jambey Tsering
Common name: Sichuan Cymbidium
Botanical name: Cymbidium cyperifolium var. szechuanicum    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Cymbidium szechuanicum, Cymbidium faberi var. szechuanicum

Sichuan Cymbidium is a small to medium sized, terrestrial orchid on steep banks with small, inprominent pseudobulbs carrying 7-10, distichous, held in a weak fan, narrowly elliptic, pointed, erect, entire, obscurely jointed leaves. The plant blooms in the fall and early winter on a 8 cm long, 4 to 7 flowered inflorescence with fragrant flowers. Flowers are lemon-scented; flower-stalk and ovary 12-25 mm; sepals and petals usually yellowish green or apple-green, with 5-7 longitudinal red-brown or purple lines; lip yellowish green to pale yellow, with purple striations on lateral lobes and purple spots or patches on mid-lobe. Sepals are linear to linear-lanceshaped, 20-37 x 4-8 mm, tip tapering. Petals are narrowly ovate, 16-29 x 5-9 mm. Lip is ovate or oblong, 14-22 mm, slightly 3-lobed; lateral lobes small; mid-lobe strongly recurved, broadly ovate to ovate-elliptic, 9-13 x 8-12 mm. Sichuan Cymbidium is found in the Himalayas, from Uttarakhand to S. Central China, at altitudes of 700-1800 m.

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

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