Cymbidium Species
Stephen Early


Cymbidium atropurpureum

This is another thick leafed species with dark flowers.  Its flower scape is pendulous and 28-75cm long with between 7 and 33 flowers.  The flowers are strongly coconut scented and 3.5-4.5cm with sepals deep maroon to dull yellow green with strong maroon staining.


We grow this orchid in a heated glasshouse with a minimum of 12 C.


In the forks of forest trees, and occasionally on rocks, usually in lowland forests and often near the sea.


S Thailand, W Malaysia, Sumatra, Java, Borneo and the Philippines
0 - 2200m.

Synonyms and other names

C. pendulum var. atropurpureum, C. finlaysonianum var. atropurpureum, C patropurpureum var. olivaceum

Primary Hybrids

canaliculatum x atropurpureum = Australian Midnight
ensifolium x atropurpureum = Clare Natasha
lowianum x atropurpureum = Rusty Leaves

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