One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A tropical orchid with long, narrow leaves and arching stems bearing several flowers, growing chiefly as an epiphyte from Asia to Australasia and widely cultivated for boutonnières.
- ‘If the natural light is good and draughts are not an issue, a few flowering plants will provide a splash of colour, including winter - flowering Cyclamen persicum, Indian azaleas and cymbidium orchids.’
- ‘Cymbidiums and dendrobiums are epiphytes, as are most of the orchids that are commonly cultivated.’
- ‘The flowers on the cymbidium orchid last for five to seven weeks.’
- ‘In frost-free areas, all cymbidiums can grow outdoors through winter.’
- ‘For a cooler house or a conservatory, cymbidiums are an ideal choice.’
- ‘Ideal for the special personalised touch, this sculptural arrangement includes King Protea, a cymbidium orchid, zantedeschia and schwarzwalder.’
- ‘The orchids that are most commonly available in garden centres are phalaenopsis (moth orchids), oncidiums, odontoglossums and cymbidiums, which should flower for weeks and perhaps months.’
- ‘For something in bloom, choose a camellia, Christmas cactus, cymbidium, kalanchoe, or moth orchid.’
- ‘The traditional cymbidium orchids feature prominently among the entries together with many other orchid genera including Australian natives.’
- ‘A square pewter container was next, containing black dogwood stems, large green chrysanthemums, white lilies, the palest green flowers surrounded by senecio and rosemary, and yellow cymbidium orchids cascading over the edge.’
Modern Latin, from Greek kumbē ‘cup’.
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