Cymbidium sanderae

Cymbidium sanderae

Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Asparagales
Subfamily: Epidendroideae
Tribe: Cymbidieae
SubTribe: Cyrtopodiinae
Genus: Cymbidium
Species: Cym. sanderae
Binomial name
Cymbidium sanderae
Sander ex Rolfe 1904

Cymbidium sanderae is a species of Cymbidium.


Plant blooms from winter to spring with three to fifteen 7.5 cm wide flowers. Flowers are fragrant.

This species was first collected in Annam, Vietnam by Micholitz in 1904.[1] The plants were sent to Sander's nursery and were given the name Cymbidium sanderae.[1] Rolfe had considered the species as a variety of Cymbidium parishii due to the similar flower colors.[1] Cymbidium sanderae has a different growth habit than Cymbidium parishii and the inflorescence grows from the base of the pseudobulb for Cymbidium sanderae.[1]

This species is also similar to Cymbidium insigne but differs by having broader leaves and a mid-lobe that is rounded at the apex.[1] Cymbidium sanderae is uncommon in cultivation and was believed to be lost until 1961, when it was found in a nursery in California by Mrs. E.D. Menninger.[1]


Plant is found growing on trees in Vietnam from 1400 to 1500 meters.


Plant should be grown in cool 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: Sander's Cymbidium


  1. Cymbidium parishii var. sanderae Rolfe 1904


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

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