Cymbidium eburneum Lindl.

Ivory-Colored Cymbidium

Family: Orchidaceae

Genus: Cymbidium

Category: Houseplant


Blooms winter to spring, inflorescence from leaf axils, to 28" long. Fragrant flowers, ivory-white, waxy, long-lasting, to 5" diameter.

From Orchid Album Terrestrial. Pseudobulbs ovate, covered by the sheathing bases of the leaves, which are numerous, narrowly sword shaped, bilobed at the apex, arching, and from one to two feet in length. Peduncle erect, shorter than the leaves, clothed below with several acute bracts, and usually bearing a single flower ; sometimes, however, two blooms are produced. Flowers large, thick, waxy, and very fragrant, some three inches-and-a-half across, clear ivory-white, as is every other portion of the flower, saving a few specks of purple on the lip, and the raised fleshy plates on the lip which are deep yellow ; sepals and petals oblong-lanceolate, spreading, thick and waxy in texture ; lip three lobed, the lateral lobes incurved, middle lobe somewhat triangular, bilobed in front and crisped at the edges, bearing some raised fleshy plates on the disc. Column clavate, narrowly winged, white, slightly stained with rosy purple in front.


Published in Edwards's Bot. Reg. 33: 67 in 1847.

Native to India, Himalayas, Nepal, Myanamar, China and Vietnam.

Also published in Bot. Mag. 85: 5126 in 1859 and in Orchid Album 10: 467 in 1893.


Sources of Information

© 2010-12 Lisa J. Miner