Cymbidiella rhodochila [Rolfe]Rolfe 1918

Photo by Jay Pfahl


Common Name The Red-Lipped Cymbidiella

Flower Size 4" [10 cm]

A large, warm to cool growing plant from Madagascar found at elevations of 800 to 1300 meters with oblong-conical, blackish purple pseudobulbs carrying 5 to 10, all in one plane, cymbidium-like, distichous, linear-loriform, acute, dull green leaves arching over a oblong-conical pseudobulb that turns dark purple with age. It blooms in the late spring on an erect, to 3 1/3' [105 cm] basal, many flowered raceme that arises from the base of a mature pseudobulb and is a sight to see blooming or not. It is a evergreen plant that requires regular watering and fertilizer year round. Almost always found in conjunction with Platecerium species.

Synonyms Caloglossum rhodochilum (Rolfe) Schltr. 1918; Cymbidiella pardalina [Rchb.f] Garay 1976; *Cymbidium rhodochilum Rolfe 1904; Grammangis pardalina Rchb.f 1885

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as Cymbidium rhodochilum; Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1939/1981 as Grammangis pardalina; Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1939/1981; AOS Bulletin VOl 32 No 10 1963; AOS Bulletin Vol 32 No 11 1963 photo fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Orchid Digest No 38 No 2 1974 photo fide; Orquideologia Vol 12 3/4 1977/8; An Introduction to the Angraecoid Orchids of Madagascar Hillerman & Holst 1986 drawing/photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 24 1457 - 1520 Brieger 1991 as C pardalina drawing/photo fide; The Manual of Cultivated Orchids Bechtel, Cribb, Launert 1992 drawing/photo photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 62 No 9 1993 as C pardalina drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 65 No 4 1996 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 62 #4 1998 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 70 No 2 2001 as C pardalina drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 74 No 11 2005 photo as C pardalina; AOS Bulletin Vol 76 No 7 2007 as C pardalina photo fide; Orchids of Madagascar Hermans 2007 photo fide as C pardalina; Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar Cribb & Herman 2009 photo fide as C pardalina; AOS Bulletin Vol 79 #12 2010 as C pardalina photo fide;