2. e      SECTION PARISHIELLA

This section also contains only a single distinctive species.

2. e. I    Cym tigrinum Parish ex. Hook.

Synonym
Cyperorchis tigrina

W J. Hooker described this species in 1864 from specimens collected in Burma by the Rev. Charles Parish.

This species is very different from the other Cymbidium species, especially vegetatively. It is more similar to some Coelogynes, and Hooker was not certain that in fact it was a valid Cymbidium.

It is a lithophyte with pseudobulbs 30 x 30 mm, carrying normally 2 to 6 leaves, which are up to 200 mm long. The scape is 120 to 230 mm long, from the base of the pseudobulb, slender, basically erect to horizontal, bearing 2 to 5 large distant flowers. The individual flowers are 40 to 50 mm, of spidery appearance, honey scented. The tepals are olive-green to mustard, shaded red-brown, the lip white, turning pink on pollination, with almost entirely purple-brown side lobes, and spots and transverse dashes of red-purple on the mid lobe.

It  is native of high mountains in Burma and north east   India, growing from  1500 to 2700 metres above sea level. It grows on bare rocks and in rock crevices in open situations, often subject     to frosts in winter. It flowers early spring to mid summer.


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