365 days of orchids – day 258 – Cymbidium elegans


This unusual cymbidium species is native to the Himalayas where we have seen it growing abundantly in forests above Gangtok (capital of Sikkim) as well as in North Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh.

It is a medium sized species but a vigorous species and when not in flower can be identified by the large number of seed pods left from the many crowded flowers on the spike. It grows in cool wet evergreen forest and is usually high in trees.

We find the species is well suited to growing in a large basket which we water daily and develops a layer of moss over time. We grow with a minimum temperature od 10C in Cool Asia but it could tolerate lower.



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