Cymbidium cochleare – 365 days of orchids – day 1066

The Himalayan autumn flowering Cymbidiums are all coming to flower this week. The first we will feature is Cymbidium cochleare and the plant shown has a record (for us) of four flower spikes.


Cymbidium cochleare 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.

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 and give a winter minimum of 7C in our temperate section.


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