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Cymbidium chloranthum from Palawan

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    Default Cymbidium chloranthum from Palawan

    Shown below is a plant of Cymbidium chloranthum, a delectable species from West Malaysia, Sumatra, Java, Borneo and the Philippines, where it occurs on the island of Palawan. The flowers are 3 cm across by 4 cm high with a barely detectable scent. Phillip Cribb, in his 1987 monograph on Cymbidium, mentioned that they are epiphytic at elevations from 500 to 1300 m in moist shade.

    In 2006, a Filipina, Amihan Lubag-Arquiza, delegated the Palawan population to a subspecies which she described as Cymbidium chloranthum subsp. palawanense, which supposedly differs from the nominate form on account of its size differences in vegetative features, size and quantity of the flowers per inflorescence, the absence of red spots on the labellum, and its supposed geographic isolation. However, I consider size differences and size and flower quantity to be fluid traits that are apt to be found on various plants within a given population. Furthermore, plants with plain yellow labella and those with red spots have been seen on Palawan, often from the same locality. The argument that the Palawan plants are geographically isolated overlooks the fact that populations occur on neighboring Indonesia and Malaysia. For this reason I do not accept the concept of a distinct Philippine subspecies.

    The specific name was derived from two Greek words: chloros (green), and anthos (flower).

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    Wow! love the colouration! do the younger blooms eventually fade/fill out into the same red colour?

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    Yes Jordan, in fact all the blooms develop a red tinge as they age. Of all the segments, it is the labellum that becomes saturated with pink-red first, then the others follow. This is an easy to care for species, and the flowers have good substance.

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    Very unusual!!

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    Af only it was so easy to get species Cymbidiums here. NZ had a big craze over flamboyant hybrids back in the 70's, and only in the past decade has there been a small trickle of the original species entering the country. Thanks for the info Wally, appreciated

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    wow, i am keeping an eye out for one of these!! thats so cool!!!

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    I have seen a few chloranthum in the wild years ago near to where I live but invariably they all had much fewer flowers than the one in your pictures. Thanks for sharing.

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    Beautiful in every way. Another must find!

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    Stunning cymbidium orchid! So nice!

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