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Cymbidium lowianum

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low to medium indirect light
do not allow medium to dry out between waterings
70% is optimum, air movement is a must
interemediate to warm tolerant
blooms in fall (red / orange)


Ed D. was awarded and HCC / AOS (77 points) on 6 May 2015 for his Cymbidium lowianum 'Compte de Hemptinnen. 



The International Orchid Register

Cymbidium lowianum

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SOURCE: The International Orchid Register


The Internet Orchid Species Photo Encyclopedia


Common Name Low's Cymbidium [English Nursuryman 1800's] - In China Bi Yu Lan

Flower Size 3 to 4" [7.5 to 10 cm]

Found in Myanmar, Thailand, southwest China and Vietnam in shaded, highland montane cloud forests at elevations of 1200 to 2400 meters as a large sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with compressed pseudobulbs enveloped basally by distichous, leaf bases carrying to 9, narrowly linear-lanceolate, acuminate leaves articulate 2.4 to 4" [6 to 10 cm] from the pseudobulb which blooms in the late winter and spring on a stout, suberect to horizontal, 3'4" foot [100 cm] long, with several to many [12 to 40] flowered inflorescence enveloped by sheaths and triangular floral bracts with long-lasting, fragrant or not, flowers situated at the apex.




  • *Cymbidium giganteum var. lowianum Rchb. f. 1877
  • Cymbidium hookerianum var. lowianum (Rchb.f.) Y.S.Wu & S.C.Chen 1980
  • Cyperorchis lowiana (Rchb.f.) Schltr. 1924




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  • Orchid Digest Vol 42 No 4 1978 photo fide
  • Orchid Digest Vol 44 No 4 1980 photo fide
  • Die Orchideen lieferung 24 Schlechter/Brieger 1991 photo fide
  • Thai Orchid Species Rakpaibulsombat 1992 photo fide
  • AOS Bulletin Vol 62 No 12 1993 photo
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  • Orchids Australia Vol 10 No 6 1998 photo
  • AOS Bulletin Vol 68 No 8 1999 photo
  • AOS Bulletin Vol 68 No 9 1999 photo
  • Native Orchids of China in Colour Singchi, Zhanhuo and Yibo 1999 photo fide
  • Orchids Australia Vol 12 No 6 2000 photo
  • A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2005 photo fide
  • Wild Orchids in Myanamar Vol 2 Tanaka 2004
  • A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2005 photo fide
  • Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007
  • The Genus Cymbidium Du Puy & Cribb 2007 drawing/photo fide
  • Native Orchids From Gaoligongshan Maountains, China Xiaohua, Xiaodong and Xiaochun 2009 photo fide
  • A Field Guide to the Orchids of China Singchi, Zhongjian, Yibo, Xiaohua and Zhanhuo 2009 photo fide
  • Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009
  • Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing ok
  • The Wild Orchids in Yunnan Xu Xiang Ye & Liu 2010 photos fide


SOURCE: The Internet Orchid Species Photo Encyclopedia











Santa Barbara Orchid Estate

Cymbidium lowianum 'Concolor', AM/RHS, CBM/AOS

An unusual and beautiful color variant of this Southeast Asian species. Sepals and petals are clear apple-green, the lip cream-white, but rather than having the characteristic red patch at front of the lip, it instead has a bright yellow patch. Flowers are very long-lasting. The photo below shows this cultivar in a blubber barrel blooming away into June at Lotusland in Montecito, California. This plant was distinguished with an Award of Merit by the Royal Horticultural Society in 1892 under the clonal name 'Viride'! . Cool growing. March - April blooming. Species from Burma, Southwest China, and Thailand.

Cymbidium lowianum 'Green Oaks'

Exceptional variety of this already stunning species! Elegant green flowers with striking, deep red lips, on graceful, arching sprays that will make your heart jump. Cool growing. April - May blooming. Species from Burma.

Cymbidium lowianum 'James Drysdale'

The essence of "species beauty"! This plant blooms elegantly, with tall stems that grow straight up and then gracefully arch over in a cascade of up to thirty flowers per a stem. The flowers have slender petals and sepals of light yellow with delicate fawn-brown stripes, and each cream-white lip has a striking, vibrant red "v" shaped mark Cool growing. January - March blooming. Species from Burma, Southwest China, and Thailand.

Cymbidium lowianum 'Pitts'

Tall arching inflorescences with up to 20 green flowers with the characteristic bold red lowianum V on their lips. We have seen the flowers on this species last in perfection for two to three months. Temperature Tolerant. March - April blooming. Species from Thailand, China, and Myanmar.










Cymbidium lowianum 'Compte de Hemptinne'



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