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Cym. ensifolium fma. alba PHOTOS

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    Default Cym. ensifolium fma. alba PHOTOS

    'Quan Ying Sue Sing'
    Picked this one up in the spring and was surprised with a couple of spikes last month. The fragrance is unparalleled. I can't even describe it, as nothing comes to mind. maybe a little fruity, very crisp and 'fresh', nothing cloying or overly sweet. and very strong during the day.





    Native to a broad area in the Far East from China to New Guinea, Cymbidium ensifolium is a highly variable species that has been treasured for over 2500 years by the Chinese and other Asian cultures. It is very compact for the genus and mature plants can generally be maintained in 6" pots. The flower color ranges from solid red to concolor green, and are borne 3-10 at a time on upright spikes, usually during the summer and fall. The most endearing quality, however, may be the sublime fragrance that emanates from the blossoms. The fragrance itself is difficult to describe, very delicate in quality, and yet powerful enough to perfume an entire room during the daylight hours. As with Neofinetia falcata, the overall presentation of Cym. ensifolium, as the balance between foliage and vessel, is most prized by its connoisseurs.

    Cym. ensifolium is easy to grow if given plenty of sunlight and water. While it can tolerate the scorching rays typically given to the standard cymbidiums, ensifolium prefers slightly less but still very bright light. It can be grown on the windowsill but a bright south window is a necessity, and the species will be comfortable growing side by side with standard cattleyas (albeit with slightly more water). Cym. ensifolium blooms freely, and does not require the extreme cold snaps that standard cymbidiums require in order to set buds.

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    Very nice, Jason. Reading your description about the fragrance I can actually almost smell it...lol.

    You showed us your Neo falcata in its lovely pot, I bet you have this one also in an elegant, slender oriental pot. How about a full shot photo so we could also appreciate the full beauty of this orchid?

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    A sublime fragrance... now that would be worth having.

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    Now what.... first it was Gilda and now Jason... you're all gonna make me poor or poorer than i am! Another to add to the wish list and a Cymbidium to boot!!!

    Had a looksie at all the different variety as I wasn't sure how easy it would get to find the alba form, and it looks like your variety is one of the nicer one.. that and a really dark coloured one...

    The other thing is, is there a difference between var. Quan Ying Sue Sing and var. Kuan Yin Su Xin?

    Thanks for the write up as well, always a pleasure to read.

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    Well i have only 1 Cymbidium species so i,ll guess that this will swell to double that.
    Great enabling Jason.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bench72
    The other thing is, is there a difference between var. Quan Ying Sue Sing and var. Kuan Yin Su Xin?
    Not sure although they sound similar. One of these days I'll ask my parents if there's a translation to that clonal name.

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    Beautiful!

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