Large Root Cymbidium
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Large Root Cymbidium
ative Photo: Pankaj Kumar
Common name: Large Root Cymbidium
Botanical name: Cymbidium macrorhizon    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Aphyllorchis aberrans, Cymbidium nipponicum

Large Root Cymbidium is a leafless terrestrial orchid, growing up to a foot tall. This picture is the first record of this orchid from Jharkand! Rhizomes are scaly, fleshy, branched. Scape is greenish with sheaths. Inflorescence is very lax, with 4-8 large flowers. Bracts are small, lanceshaped, 5-12 mm long. Sepals are pale brownish-olivgreen with some purple, pointed, up to 3 x 0.5 cm. Petals are somewhat shorter and broader, curved over the column. Lip is obscurely 3-lobed, whitish, marked with crimson blotches, ovate in outline, 2 cm long. Side-lobes are narrow, rounded, disk with a pair of thick ridges between the side lobes. Column is up to 1.5 cm long, with inner surface crimson. Flowering: July-August.

Identification credit: Pankaj Kumar
Photographed in Jharkhand.
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