Large Fragrant Cymbidium
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Large Fragrant Cymbidium
P Native Photo: Abhijeet Das
Common name: Large Fragrant Cymbidium
Botanical name: Cymbidium tracyanum    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Cyperorchis tracyana

Large Fragrant Cymbidium is a large sized, tree-dwelling or rock-dwelling orchid which has bilaterally compressed, elongate-ovate pseudobulbs enveloped basally by several sheaths and carrying linear-strap-shaped, distinctly keeled on the underside, pointed, mid green leaves. The plant blooms on an erect, basal, 3-4 ft long, arching, densely 10-20 flowered inflorescence with triangular floral bracts and carrying strongly fragrant peach scented flowers. Flowers are fragrant, 13-14 cm in diameter; flower-stalk and ovary 3-5.5 cm; sepals and petals yellowish green to olive-green, with irregular dark red-brown venation and spots; lip pale yellow to cream-yellow with dark red-brown venation on lateral lobes and with vertical dashes and scattered spots of same color on mid-lobe, lamellae cream and red spotted. Large Fragrant Cymbidium is native to NE India, China South-Central, Myanmar, Thailand, Tibet, Vietnam. Flowering: September-December.

Identification credit: Abhijeet Das, Jagdeep Verma Photographed in Darjeeling, WB & Manipur.

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