Cymbidium suave

Cymbidium suave

Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Asparagales
Subfamily: Epidendroideae
Tribe: Cymbidieae
SubTribe: Cyrtopodiinae
Genus: Cymbidium
Species: Cym. suave
Binomial name
Cymbidium suave
R. Brown 1810

Cymbidium suave is a species of Cymbidium from Australia.


It is one of the three epiphytic Cymbidium species that are located on the Australia continent. Flowers are similar to that of the species Cymbidium madidum, however, Cymbidium suave can easily be distinguished by the lack of pseudobulbs which are common to the genus. The two other species also located in eastern Australia include Cymbidium canaliculatum and the afore mentioned Cymbidium madidum.

The pendulous flowers are light green to greenish brown. They are fragrant as well as indicated by its name. Several Australian orchid nurseries have stated that there exists an alba form. Depending on the plant and the environment it is in, Cymbidium suave has been known to produce several hundred flowers. Plant blooms from spring to early summer with 2 to 3 cm flowers.


Plant is found growing in decaying wood and eucalyptus trees in Australia at elevations of 0 to 1350 meters


Plant should be grown in cool areas with medium to bright light. Pot with eucalyptus bark and perlite. This plant should not be disturbed and require a compost with a lower pH Plant prefers dry periods between watering. Reduce watering during the winter. Water about once a week. The roots should be handled with much care.


Common Name:Snake Orchid


  1. Cymbidium gomphocarpum Fitz.

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