Cymbidium rectum

Cymbidium rectum

Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Asparagales
Subfamily: Epidendroideae
Tribe: Cymbidieae
SubTribe: Cyrtopodiinae
Genus: Cymbidium
Species: Cym. rectum
Binomial name
Cymbidium rectum
Ridl. 1920

Cymbidium rectum is a species of Cymbidium is found in asia.


Plant blooms from fall to winter.

Cymbidium rectum has been in cultivation in the Singapore Botanical Gardens for many years before Ridley described it in 1920[1] In 1916 a type specimen was collected by Genyns-Williams from Malaya which was later lost in cultivation.[1] In 1982 Seth placed the name as a synonym of Cymbidium bicolor.[1] The species was later rediscovered by Lamb who sent the plant to Kew and flowered it in September of 1984.[1] The species is distinguished by its pollina with connoted tops with fused clefts, and its narrow upright and broad leaves.[1] In the wild the root system of these plants are full of ants which protect the plant from insects and feed on the nectar extruded from the base of the pedicel and behind the sepals.[1]


Plant is found growing in the open damp forest containing Baeckis frutescens of Sabah and west Malaysia at elevations of 450 to 800 meters.[1]


Plant should be grown in warm areas with medium to bright light. Pot with bark and perlite. Plant prefers dry periods between watering. Reduce watering during the winter. Water about once a week.


Common Name: The Erect Cymbidium


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Cribb, Phillip, and David Du Puy (1988). The Genus Cymbidium (Timber Press). 

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