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Cymbidium aloifolium (L.) Sw.

Cymbidium aloifolium (L.) Sw.

Family

Orchidaceae

Synonyms

Cymbidium pendulum (Roxb.) Sw., Cymbidium simulans Rolfe.

Vernacular Names

Thailand

Kare karon (Nakhon Ratchasima), kluai haang lai (Chumphon), ueang paakpet (Chiang Mai).

Vietnam

Lan l[oo] h[ooj]i, do[ar]n ki[ees]m.

Geographical Distributions

Cymbidium aloifolium occurs in Nepal, India, Sri Lanka, Burma (Myanmar), the Andaman Islands, Indo-China, southern China, Taiwan, Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, Java, Borneo and the Philippines.

Description

C. aloifolium is an epiphytic herb, where the leaves measures up to 50 cm x 3 cm and with unequally 2-lobed tips.

The inflorescence is pendulous, up to 40 cm long. The flowers are up to 4.5 cm in diametre. The petals are pale greenish to cream with a central purple stripe. The lips are with all striped purple lobes and yellow midlobes with white margins.

Ecology / Cultivation

C. aloifolium occurs in mixed forests and teak forests up to 1000 m altitude.

Line Drawing / Photograph

BOT00169

References

  1. Plant Resources of South-East Asia No.12(3): Medicinal and poisonous plants 3.