This section is from the book "The Standard Cyclopedia Of Horticulture Vol2", by L. H. Bailey. See also: Western Garden Book: More than 8,000 Plants - The Right Plants for Your Climate - Tips from Western Garden Experts.
(Cyperus and Orchis, from the sedge-like appearance). Orchiddceae. Epiphytic orchids, thriving in the warmhouse.
Very closely allied to Cymbidium, from which it differs in the narrower sepals and petals which are con-nivent to the middle or beyond, thus preventing the full expansion of the flower, and by the straight narrow lip. - There are 3 species, natives of the Himalayas and the Khasia Hills.
Blume. Fig. 1192. Pseudobulbs short, 2-3 in. long: leaves linear, up to 20 in. long, streaked, pale yellow-green: raceme many-flowered, dense, pendulous; flowers yellow, 1 1/2-2 in. across; sepals and petals linear-oblong, the recurved tips acute; lip cuneate, 3-lobed, the middle lobe oblong, short, obtuse; disk with 2 raised orange lines. Himalayas. B.M. 7007.
(Cymbidium Mdstersii, Griff.). Pseudobulbs 4-10 in. long: leaves up to 2 1/2 ft. long, acute: racemes 6-10-flowered; flowers about 2 in. across, almond-scented, ivory-white; sepals and petals oblong-linear; lip usually spotted rose-purple, the lateral lobes roundish-oblong, the middle lobe undulate, reflexed, oval; disk with 2 raised orange lines. Sikkim and Khasia
Hills. B.R. 31:50. F.M.
1879:346; 1880:391. Lind. 5:222. J.F. 3:289. O.
1910:8. George V. Nash.
Fig. 1192. Cyperorchis elegans. (X 1/6)