Cymbidium parishii Rchb. f. 1874 SECTION Cyperorchis Hunt 1970

Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt


Common Name Parish's Cymbidium [English Missionary in Thailand 1800's]

Flower Size

Found in Myanmar in montane forests at elevations around 1650 meters as a medium to large sized, cool growing epiphyte with fusiform pseudobulbs enveloped basally by persistent, distichous leaf bases and carrying 11 to 14, apical, ligulate, acute, unequally bilobed apically leaves with a short, mucro in the sinus that are articulated to the broad sheaf bases which blooms in the late spring and early summer on an axillary, to 10" [to 25 cm] long, 2 to 3 flowered inflorescence with several, cymbiform to cylindrical sheaths and triangular floral bracts all carrying smaller than C eburneum, not opening well, fragrant flowers.

CAUTION I am unsure of this determination. Said to be lost to cultivation. Does not match Du Puy & Cribbs drawing 2007.

Synonyms Cymbidium eburneum var parishii [Rchb.f] Hookr. f. 1891; Cyperorchis parishii (Rchb.f.) Schltr.1924

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 26 No 5 1957 drawing fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as C eburneum var parishii; Orchid Digest Vol 42 No 4 1978 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 42 No 5 1978 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 44 No 4 1980 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 56 No 2 1987 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 61 #3 1992 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 25 1520 - 1584 Brieger 1991; The Manual of Cultivated Orchids Bechtel, Cribb, Launert 1992 drawing fide; The Genus Cymbidium Du Puy & Cribb 2007 drawing not; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007