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Any of various epiphytic orchids of the genus Cymbidium, native to Asia and Australia and extensively hybridized and cultivated for their elongate clusters of showy flowers.

[New Latin Cymbidium, genus name : from Greek kumbē, hollow vessel, drinking cup, boat (probably akin to Sanskrit kumbhaḥ and Avestan xumba-, pot) + New Latin -idium, diminutive suffix (from Greek -idion), (the genus being named by Swedish botanist Olof Peter Swartz (1760-1818) in reference to the somewhat boatlike shape of the labellum of the type species, C. aloifolium).]
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n, pl -diums
(Plants) a genus, Cymbidium, of subtropical and tropical orchids native to Australia and Asia, having boat-shaped showy flowers
[C19: from Latin cymba boat, from Greek kumbēsomething hollow]
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(sɪmˈbɪd i əm)

any of various orchids of the genus Cymbidium, native to Asia and Australia, having long clusters of showy flowers.
[< New Latin (1799) < Greek kýmb(ē) hollow object + -idion -idium]
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Noun1.cymbidium - any of various plants of the genus Cymbidium having narrow leaves and a long drooping cluster of numerous showy and variously colored boat-shaped flowerscymbidium - any of various plants of the genus Cymbidium having narrow leaves and a long drooping cluster of numerous showy and variously colored boat-shaped flowers; extensively hybridized and cultivated as houseplants and important florists' flowers
orchid, orchidaceous plant - any of numerous plants of the orchid family usually having flowers of unusual shapes and beautiful colors
genus Cymbidium - genus of tropical epiphytic or terrestrial Old World orchids; one of the most popular orchid genera
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Cymbidium hybrids are at their best in late spring and early summer and come in dwarf forms with a height of around 60cm and in a dazzling range of colours, from red and yellow, to pink, brown, green and white.
En este fantastico lugar, Helmuth cultivo generos como Cattleya, Phalaenopsis y otras, se le reconoce como un grande en el cultivo de orquideas, particularmente en sus fincas de viveros en Cota y Sasaima, logrando cruces increibles de varias especies y exportandolas a diferentes partes del mundo, en especial Cymbidium de las que obtuvo los mejores clones de su epoca.
Ever since the first reports of in vitro asymbiotic seed germination in Laelia-Cattleya by Knudson [5] and shoot-tip culture in Cymbidium by Morel [6], several orchid species had been successfully propagated in vitro using different explants such as leaves, flower inflorescence, roots, and pseudobulb [7-10].
Her bouquet of Cymbidium orchids, white Freesia, green hydrangeas, and Alabaster roses was hand-tied with lace from her mother's veil and pinned with her maternal grandmother's antique brooch.
The theme of the flower show is Sikkim-Nature's own garden, while the Cymbidium orchid will be theme flower during the international flower show.
Bulbophyllum andersonii, Coelogyne fimbriata, Cymbidium cyrprefolium, Eria coronaria, Liparis viridiflora, L.
TDZ alone had been successfully used to induce direct somatic embryogenesis of Oncidium (Chen et al., 1999; Chen and Chang, 2001), embryogenic callus of Cymbidium ensifolium var.
Although Holly Mena, of La Mesa, California became involved with Cymbidium orchids and various other tropical plants 38 years ago, it was while working in nurseries around 1980 that she began her fascination with bromeliads.
Many florists now sell Cymbidium orchids, so look for one that has a couple or more flowering spikes that are just coming into bloom, rather than those that are already full out.
EXPERT TIP Exotic cymbidium orchids, which are regarded as the beginner's orchid, have large, waxy flowers.