Australian Native Plants

  Cymbidium suave (Snake Orchid)


Cymbidium suave photo
Cymbidium suave

Photograph by Doug Beckers from Killcare Heights, Australia. Some rights reserved.    (view image details)




SNAKE ORCHID FACTS

distribution map showing range of Cymbidium suave in Australia

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


Common Name
Snake Orchid

Description
The Snake Orchid is an epiphytic Australian orchid that can form large clumps. The flowers are green or brownish green, and the labellum has dark reddish brown markings on the inside. The flowers are scented. Flowering is in spring and summer from September until January. The flowers are similar to Cymbidium madidum but that species can be distinguished by its prominent pseudobulbs - the Snake Orchid does not have pseudobulbs. The strappy linear or lance shaped leaves grow to about 45cm long and 2cm wide.

Height
45cm

Habitat
occurs in wet forests and woodland where it grows in tree hollows, rotting wood in old trees, tree stumps and fallen logs.

Distribution
Cymbidium suave is found in eastern New South Wales and eastern Queensland to the far north.

Classification
Class:Liliopsida
Order:Asparagales
Family:Orchidaceae
Genus:Cymbidium
Species:suave
Common Name:Snake Orchid


Relatives in same Genus
  Cymbidium canaliculatum
  Cymbidium madidum