Cymbidium aloifolium (L.) Sw.

Cymbidium aloifolium (L.) Sw.




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

Vernacular Names


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


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.


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



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