Cymbidium OrchidCymbidium orchids, also known as Boat Orchids, are very showy! They have sprays with 1-2 dozen large, colorful flowers. Some of these are fragrant orchids. Numerous colors are available; there are very nice reds, pinks, greens, and yellows. (Other colors are available too; those are just the ones that stand out to me.) They originate in parts of Asia, including China, Japan, India, the Phillipines, and other countries; they range fairly widely, and have been cultivated for a long time. There is evidence that they were grown in China thousands of years ago. Many of the larger-flowered species grow at high altitudes in nature, particularly in the foothills of the Himalayas. These sympodial orchids have dense pseudobulbs, with narrow leaves produced above; the foliage can be quite attractive, and some plants have variegated leaves.
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