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Binomial Name:  Cymbidium suave

 

Common Name:  Native Cymbidium Orchid

 

Family:  ORCHIDACEAE 

 

Leaves: Long like exotic Cymbidium species, glossy, acuminate, overlapping leaf bases

 

Stem/Trunk: Stem, fibrous and soft

 

Flower:  Axillary raceme, pale yellow-brown, cyme, flowers are sweetly scented with a spicey fragrance. Older plants flower profusely

 

Fruit: Capsule, pendulous

 

Flowering Period:  August to January

 

Height:  400mm

 

Width: 300mm

 

Habit:  Epiphyte

 

Aspect:  Part shade. filtered light, grows well in filtered under gum tree species

 

Soil Type:  Light soils, orchid mix beneficial, old leaf meal and compost beneficial, will not like heavy clays so add river sand if planting in ground

 

Soil pH:  5.5. to 6.5

 

Fertiliser Treatment:  Recommend rock minerals, slow release low phosoporus fertiliser suitable for natives, benefits from Seasol when being planted out, benenfits from fish emulsion and blood and bone. Can use pelletised chicken manures also beneficial as a mulch. Kangaroo and wallaby poo and Aussie animal scats are also beneficial when placed around the root zone. Benefits from compost being incorporated into the soil when the hole is dug

 

Mulch:  Eucalyptus mulch (small to fine chips or leaf) is very beneficial for Aussie plants. Sugar cane mulch can be used up top 50mm thickness. Leaf litter. 

 

Root System:  Contained. Not invasive

 

Drought Tolerant:  Once established. Benefits from being watered regularly. Misting benefits the plant

 

Frost Tolerant:  No. Needs to be protected fro frost

 

Salt Wind Tolerant:  No

 

Fire Response:  Will die down but re-shoot from the ground with low-heat fires

 

Host Requred:  No. Does best planted in old tree hollows and logs

 

Fast Growing: Moderate

 

Gardens:  Tropical, subtropical, native gardens

 

Natural Occurrence:  From Cooktown in Queensland to Bega, New South Wales. Grows in moist forests and woodlands. Grows in large old trees with decaying heartwood. Grassy clumps protrude from hollows and cracks within tree trunks

 

Known Plant Associations:  Eucalyptus species

 

Known Fauna Associations:  Various moth and butterfly species

 

Other Information:  Cultural uses are ascribed to this plant species. They can be left in a pot for many years. Suitable for use as an indoor plant.  

 

 

Cymbidium suave (Native Cymbidium Orchid)

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