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Need to clarify the Cymbidium species.

This is a discussion on Need to clarify the Cymbidium species. within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Dear friends, This was found in the Western Part Wet Zone, But it native to ...

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    Default Need to clarify the Cymbidium species.

    Dear friends,

    This was found in the Western Part Wet Zone, But it native to North Arid zones of Sri Lanka , need to know any relative members represent the same genera in Malabar Plate!!
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    Hi Dr Zuri,. I think this is Cymbidium finlaysonianum also native to South East Asia.

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    What about Cymbidium finlaysonianum?

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    No one of my Junior Student brought this to me.

    Cymbidium aloifolium (L.) Sw., Nova Acta Regiae Soc. Sci. Upsal. 6: 73 (1799).
    Cymbidium bicolor Lindl., Gen. Sp. Orchid. Pl.: 164 (1833).
    Cymbidium bicolor subsp. bicolor.
    Cymbidium ensifolium (L.) Sw., Nova Acta Regiae Soc. Sci. Upsal. 6: 77 (1799).
    Cymbidium ensifolium subsp. haematodes (Lindl.) Du Puy & P.J.Cribb ex Govaerts, World Checklist Seed Pl. 3(1): 20 (1999).

    need to know these are presented through out South Asia?

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    Thank's exactly correct! but we don't have much data on these !!

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    I concur with Zainal. It is a Cym finlaysonianum.

    In the late 1950s and 60s a Sri Lankan specie Vanda spathulata was quite popular here in Malaysia.It was a beautifully shaped vanda, bright lemon yellow in colour and very free flowering. The blooms were rather small for a vanda, about 2ins across.I remember that there was quite a bit of hybridising with it but sadly I have not seen a specimen of this beautiful vanda or any of its progenies in our nurseries or orchid shows for a long time. If I remember correctly breeders were quite disappointed that all the hybrids turned out looking like V spathulata and lost interest in further breeding with it.

    I wonder if this vanda is still grown widely in Sri Lanka.BTW some splitters among taxonomists have classsified spathulata as Trapobanea spathulata , making it the only specie in this genus! They already did that with Euanthe sanderiana. They argue that just as they have split Vanda and Papilionanthe the same should be done with spathulata as the plant(more arachnis-like) and the flower lie somewhere between the former two genera and thus the proposed Trapobanea.

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    wow didnt know that Cymbidium finlaysonianum has a widespread distribution....
    and Yew thanks for the history lesson....

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    http://www.orchidconservation.org/os...n_Fernando.pdf No wonder, in her list of Sri LAnka orchids Mrs. Surajan didn't listed Cymbidium finlaysonianum as species growing in Sri Lanka. Only species you mentioned above are described. Also in Kew garden world check list appear Sri Lanka not as place of distribution of this species. Is your plant from the wild?
    All Cymbidium you asked for distribution are widespread thru Asia.

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    no it's came from western part from a collection!!

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    thanks a lot for great info!!
    Vanda common throughout the Island
    i will be visiting the National Botanical gardens in this week try to find out V spathulata.

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