365 days of orchids – day 319 – Cymbidium cochleare

This is the fourteenth Cymbidium species to feature on 365 days and one of the most unusual. Again it is a species we have seen in Sikkim and in the wild or cultivation it is instantly recognisable from its very thin pendulous flower spikes with glossy pendulous flowers that smell of jasmine.


We have two spikes on our plant this year, each with twelve flowers. The plant is a delicate cymbidium with fine dark green leaves and this species really needs to be in a basket to allow for the flower habit.

The species is found across the eastern Himalayas from Sikkim to Thailand and inhabits cool wet monsoon forests. We water the plant well to avoid drying in the summer especially as it is in a basket.


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