Plant Families / Cymbidium - Boat Orchids
Grown and revered in China for thousands of years, Cymbidium (Boat Orchid) is a genus of 50 orchid species found in nature from India to Southeast Asia, China, Japan, Indonesia, and Australia. Boat Orchids are epiphytic (growing on trees), lithophytic (growing on rocks) or terrestrial orchids with ovoid or elongate pseudobulbs, linear or strap-shaped leaves and fleshy white roots. Several long-lasting showy flowers, sometimes scented, with a distinctive 3-lobed lip are borne on erect or arching flower spikes from the bases of the pseudobulbs. Cymbridium hybrids are among the most widely grown orchids. In Australia, New Zealand, parts of the United States, they are grown outdoors.