Cymbidium Species
Stephen Early


Cymbidium aloifolium

This is the type species for cymbidiums and although it is widely spread is not as variable as many other species.  We find that the racemes which are pendulous continue to grow as the flowers open.  It has very thick rigid leaves typical of this section.  The flower scape can be between 30 and 90 cm  long with between 14 and 45 flowers.  The flowers are lightly scented 3-5.5 cm pale yellow to cream petals with a broad central maroon-brown stripe.  


We grow and flower this cymbidium in Melbourne in a heated glasshouse with a minimum of 12 C. and 50% shade. I have found it in these conditions a very easy orchid to both grow and flower. It flowers for us between January and March.


In the forks and hollows of large branches and tree trunks, usually in open forest in partial shade provided by the leaf canopy.


Siri Lanka, Andaman Islands, India, Sikkim, Nepal, Bangladesh, S China, Hong Kong, Burma, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, W Malaysia and Java. 0 - 1500m.

Synonyms and other names

Epidendrum aloifolium, Epidendrum pendulum, Epidendrum aloides, C. pendulum, Aerides borasii, C. erectum, C. simulans, C. atropurpureum sensu, C. intermedium.

Primary Hybrids

aloifolium x canaliculatum = Kintoki
aloifolium x finlaysoniamum = Hanalei
aloifolium x iansonii(lowianum) =
aloifolium x parishii (sanderae) =
Hugh Gordon
aloifolium x sinense = Hsingda Fountain
aliofolium x suavissimum = Sweet Alo
aloifolium x tigrinum = Bindi's Soo
simulans(alifolium) x canaliculatum = Alcor
bicolor x aloifolium =
Burma Star
canaliculatum x aliofolium = Penguin
x aliofolium =
ensifolium x aloifolium =
goeringii x aloifolium = Suzuka Pass
tigrinum x aloifolium = Bindi's Soo
tracyanum x aliofolium = Mona

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