Australian Native Plants

  Cymbidium madidum (Northern Cymbidium)


Cymbidium madidum photo
Cymbidium madidum, Osaka Prefectural Flower Garden,Osaka,Japan

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Cymbidium madidum photo
Cymbidium madidum

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Cymbidium madidum photo
Cymbidium madidum, Osaka Prefectural Flower Garden,Osaka,Japan

Photograph by KENPEI. Some rights reserved.    (view image details)




NORTHERN CYMBIDIUM FACTS

distribution map showing range of Cymbidium madidum in Australia

Map is from The Atlas of Living Australia web site, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License


Common Name
Northern Cymbidium

Other Names
Buttercup Orchid, Giant Boat-Lip Orchid

Description
Northern Cymbidium is an epiphytic or ground growing orchid. It forms large clumps with pseudobulbs growing to about 20 cm long. The leaves are long and narrow and can grow to 90 cm long and 4 cm wide. The plant produces clusters of flowers in racemes up to 60 cm in length. The raceme may contain several dozen flowers and each individual flower is about 3 cm across. Flowers are green or brownish, and the labellum has darker markings on the inside. Flowering is in spring and summer from August until February.

Height
90cm

Habitat
grows in woodland, rainforest, riverside forest, where it grows in tree hollows, tree forks, stumps and fallen logs. It is also found growing on the ground or on rocks.

Distribution
Cymbidium madidum is found in northern New South Wales and eastern Queensland as far north as Cape York peninsula.



Classification
Class:Liliopsida
Order:Asparagales
Family:Orchidaceae
Genus:Cymbidium
Species:madidum
Common Name:Northern Cymbidium


Relatives in same Genus
  Cymbidium canaliculatum
  Cymbidium suave