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Cymbidium finlaysonianum Lindl.

Family Name: Orchidaceae
Full Sun: 6-8h Semi-Shade Moderate Water Native to Singapore Coastal Hanging Basket Ornamental Flowers Epiphyte


Family Name
Genus Epithet
Species Epithet
Name Authority
Name Status (botanical)

Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Division Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Monocotyledon)
Plant Growth Form Epiphyte


Native Distribution Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Peninsular Malaysia, Java, Borneo and the Philippines.
Native Habitat Terrestrial (Primary Rainforest, Secondary Rainforest, Coastal Forest)
Preferred Climate Zone Tropical
Local Conservation Status 1 Native to Singapore (Critically Endangered (CR))

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form A sympodial, epiphytic orchid with an upright growth habit.
Foliage The leaves which can grow up to 80cm long and 4cm wide are strap-shaped and leathery, emerging erect but later arching as it lengthens. The leaf tip is unequally bilobed.
Flowers The flowers are borne on a pendulous inflorescence up to 50 - 100cm long and are well spaced out. The flowers grow about 5cm in diameter. The sepals and petals are yellow with or without red streaks running along the middle. The flower lip is three-lobed, the lateral lobes is triangular and acute in shape. The middle lobe is recurved and white with red markings. The flower columnn is dark red and curved.
Habitat Widespread species that grows on large trees or rocks in well-lit and open areas, and can be found inland forest, coastal forest/cliff. 

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Flowers
Landscape Uses Parks & Gardens, Small Gardens, Coastal, Beachfront / Shoreline, Skyrise / Balcony, Hanging Basket
Thematic Landscaping Golden Garden, Naturalistic Garden

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Full Sun, Semi-Shade
Water Preference Moderate Water
Propagation Method Seed, Division

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower & Plant Sexuality 1 Bisexual Flowers
Flower Colour(s) Red, White, Yellow / Golden
Flower Grouping Cluster / Inflorescence
Flower Location Axillary
Inflorescence Type Raceme

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Master ID 30647
Species ID 4956
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Species record last updated on: 20 April 2020.