Monday, October 18, 2010
Cymbidium erythrostylum orchid
The most recent assessment of the cymbidium genus documents more than forty different species. One of them is cymbidium erythrostylum, native to Vietnam.
Even in out modern time little is known of the inaccessible habitat of this species and it's found at an elevation of about 1500m and usually it's cultivation presents a bit of a challenge since not much information available about this attractive orchid.
The flowers are slender, erect and carry up to 10 blooms on each flower spike. They have narrow, triangular appearance , large glistening white flowers with strikingly marked labellum, long flowering period and it's one of the most attractive species in this genus.
This orchid is just finished flowering, it's been in bloom since mid-winter and it's flowered first time in my collection. I purchased it as a small seedling couple of years ago and been waiting for it to establish and to start flowering. While the plant is still small with it's first seasonal flowering, I am delighted by it's unusual, rare, beautiful blooms.