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This genus is accepted, and its native range is Madagascar.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[E-EM]
Ecology

Cymbidiella flabellata grows on sedge tussocks in sphagnum bogs on sandy soils and in Philippia Klotzsch (Rosaceae) scrub from sea level to 1500 m. Cymbidiella pardalina is an epiphyte in humid evergreen forest, usually growing in association with Platycerium madagascariense Baker, between 500 and 1500 m in elevation. Cymbidiella falcigera (Rchb.f.) Garay grows epiphytically on palms in swampy forest from sea level to 400 m. (PC).

General Description

Terrestrial or epiphytic herbs with many-noded rhizomes. Roots basal. Pseudobulb fusiform, homoblastic, many-leaved. Leaves linear–lanceolate to lanceolate or elliptic–lanceolate, acute to acuminate, pleated, with a sheathing base. Inflorescences basal, racemose; bracts persistent. Flowers with cream, yellow–green or green sepals and petals and a white or pale green labellum spotted and veined with black or red. Dorsal sepal free, oblong– lanceolate to oblong–elliptic, spreading or incurved; lateral sepals oblique at base, falcate, otherwise similar to dorsal sepal. Petals free, porrect, similar to sepals but shorter and broader except in C. pardalina (Rchb.f.) Garay where heavily spotted with black. Labellum free to base of column, trilobed in basal part, callose, lateral lobes free to base of column, midlobe elliptic to flabellate, usually with undulate margins, strongly bilobed in C. pardalina; callus obscure or ridged. Column lacking a foot; anther cap conical, pollinarium with two, subglobose pollinia, stipe solitary, triangular to oblong, viscidium semi-lunate. Ovary cylindrical, grooved. (PC).

Distribution

Cymbidiella is a genus of three species, all endemic to Madagascar. (PC).

[E-EM]
Use

There are no medicinal or dietary uses recorded for Cymbidiella, but it is a showy and desirable ornamental. Cultivation notes for it are provided under Eulophiinae. (AP).

Doubtfully present in:

Comoros

Native to:

Madagascar

Cymbidiella Rolfe appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Orchid Rev. 26: 58 (1918)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R. (1999). World Checklist of Seed Plants 3(1, 2a & 2b): 1-1532. MIM, Deurne.
  • Govaerts, R. (2003). World Checklist of Monocotyledons Database in ACCESS: 1-71827. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Pridgeon, A.M., Cribb, P.J., Chase, M.C. & Rasmussen, F.N. (2009). Epidendroideae (Part two) Genera Orchidacearum 5: 1-585. Oxford University Press, New York, Oxford.

Literature

Eulophiinae: e-monocot.org

  • Rolfe, R.A. Original description of Cymbidiella. 26, (2005).

Eulophiinae: e-monocot.org
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