Aloe Leaf Cymbidium • Konkani: Sonu;

26/04/2011/YRP/01/ Chethalayam, Wayanad.:
could someone identify this orchid please?
Date & Time 26/04/2011
Location: Place, Altitude, GPS  Chethalayam, Wayanad.
Habitat: Garden, Urban, Wild Type:      Wild
Plant Habit: Tree, Shrub, Climber, Herb

– Nice photographs of the Purple Necklace [Cymbidium aloifolium].


We are lucky to reside at a place where different types of orchids bloom(particularly at this time of the year). Attaching an image of Cymbidium intermedium (Syn Cymbidium aloifolium). This species grows well at this place.


I attached an imge of an orchid Cymbidium intermedium earlier. Attaching an image of the capsule of the same orchid.

SYMBIOSIS : 369 :  Attachments (1).  1 post by 1 author.
Attaching the image of a bee on the flower of Cymbidium intermedium (Orchid).

Attaching an image of a wasp on the flower of Cymbidium intermedium (an orchid).

Cymbidium aloifolium (L.) Sw from Assam : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (6).
Attached images are Cymbidium aloifolium (L.) Sw. 
Date :22.05.2014
Location: Assam
Family :Orchidaceae
Genus & species : Cymbidium aloifolium (L.) Sw
Habitat: Grows wild
Habit : Epiphyte   

Thanks … for nice images, recently seen this beautiful orchid in W.Bengal and Sikkim ..

SYMBIOSIS : 595 : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (1).
Attaching an image of a Hornet on the flowers of Cymbidium intermedium.

TSPOCT2015-9: Images of Cymbidium aloifolium shared : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3)
It is my pleasure to share a few images of Cymbidium aloifolium (Orchidaceae)
Habit: Epiphytic
Habitat: Moist deciduous and semi-evergreen forests
Sighting: Chikmagalur, Karnataka, about 1200 msl
Date: 9-05-2015

Fantastic, yes this is indeed the true Cymbidium aloifolium
Thanks a lot for sharing.

SYMBIOSIS :824 : 3 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1)
This is the time for Cymbidium intermedium (ALOE LEAF CYMBIDIUM ORCHID) at this place. In the attached image there is a bee enjoying nectar of this beautiful orchid.

i had to search. such a tiny creature does so much for mankind.
thanks for capturing the moment


Is it Cymbidium pendulum, orchidaceae: 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (2)

Habitat- Green house
Date- 20-5-2016
Place- Chandigarh

May I know who you are and where is the plant from? Obviously its not found in wild in Chandigarh.
Can you please post more pics. I can see the plant in the back ground but I imagine why you posted such pics with less than half character.

I would say this is Cymbidium aloifolium

yes I have to agree with …, both may will feel same but C.aloifolium is smaller than C.pendulum in all aspects.
please comment on my view.
Both plants are available in Kerala forests especially southern Kerala.

Sir actually this plant is in the Botanical garden (Green house) of Panjab university Chandigarh
I don’t know from where it was collected
Sorry for the less images


Cymbidium sp please help which cymbiium is this ? : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3)
Cymbidium (Orchidaceae) epiphytic orchid on terminalia sp in moist deciduous forest

Cymbidium aloifolium


Flora of Kaiga_Sharing_ Cymbidium bicolor 19062016 PK1 : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3)
Pl see Attached 3 pics from Kaiga Uttarakannada Western Ghats. 

Date/Time-:12/06/2015   –    10:30,
Location- Place, Altitude – Kaiga, Uttar Kannada ,Karnataka, 380 mtrs

Habitat- Garden/ Urban/ Wild/ – Wild
Habit- Tree/ Shrub/ Climber/ Herb-  Epiphytic

Thanks, … Nice captures.

This could be Cymbidium aloifolium!!


94-TSP-ID-02AUG2016-01: Cymbidium aloifolium (Orchidaceae) for validation : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (7)

Kindly examine and validate……Cymbidium aloifolium (Orchidaceae) 

Habit: Herb 

Habitat: Wild, epiphytic, Semi-evergreen forest fringe 

Sighting: Sangameshwarpet, Chikmagalur, Karnataka, about 1000 msl 

Date: 12-04-2016

Yes sir, I would prefer to call this Cymbidium aloifolium. It is very unique infact because the sepals are almost completely red, they usually have red band with yellow on both sides.

Superb images!!!


MS May, 2017/22 Cymbidium sp. for id : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1)

Location : Reiek, Mizoram
Date : 26-05-2011
Habitat : Epiphytic orchid
Habitat : Wild

I will say this is Cymbidium aloifolium.


MS June, 2017/04 Cymbidium sp. for ID : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1)

Location : Sihphir, Mizoram
Date : 07-07-2015
Habit : Epiphytic orchid
Habitat : Wild

A closeup of the flower would be more helpful. I consider this as Cymbidium aloifolium if found in India. But identification from not so good images are always tentative.


Orchidaceae Fortnight:: Cymbidium Sp. (NSJ-09) : Attachments (2). 3 posts by 3 authors.
Cymbidium (Bicolor) sp. from Sikkim (Apr-09)

Depending on perception this could be either Cymbidium bicolor or Cymbidium aloifolium.
Many people say the one with dark band on flower is aloifolium based on the original description in Hortus Malabaricus where as other is Cymbidium bicolor without bands.

This should be Cymbidium aloifolium.


492-TSP-22MAR2021-2-Cymbidium aloifolium @ Balehonnur: 2 high resolution images.
Presenting a couple of  images of Cymbidium aloifolium, the Aloe-leaved Cymbidium.
Habitat:Wild,epiphytic,semi-evergreen forest fringe.
Sighting:Balehonnur,Chikmagalur,Karnataka about 1100 msl


491-TSP-22MAR2021-1-Cymbidium aloifolium @ Kanathi: 1 high resolution image.
Presenting an image of Cymbidium aloifolium,the Aloe-leafed Cymbidium
Habitat:Wild,epiphytic,semi-evergreen forest fringe.
Sighting:Kanathi,near Chikmagalur,Karnataka about 1100 msl

Nice Cymbidium aloifolium.


Flora of Kaiga & Kollegala Cymbidium aloifolium 27072021 PK validation: 4 images.
please validate the attached photo Cymbidium aloifolium
Flora of Kaiga and Kollegala 27072021 PK validation.
Blooming can be seen in natural forest on Kali River side in kaiga, Uttara Kannada, Karnataka during 1st May 2021 photo no _PK98313 Puttaraju Kaliriver, _ADI8182 Puttaraju Kaliriver.
where as photo no PK94211 Cymbidium aloifolium Kaveri, Cymbidium aloifolium Kaveri with Capsule in natural forest on Kaveri River basin in Kollegala,Karnataka during 15 July 2021
please clarify both are Cymbidium aloifolium only colour variation in flower or different species
Date/Time-:- 1st May 2021 and 15 July 2021 respectively
Location- Place, Altitude – Kaiga , Uttar Kannada ,Karnataka, 380 mtrs and Kollegala
Habitat- Garden/ Urban/ Wild/ – Wild
Habit- Tree/ Shrub/ Climber/ Herb- Orchidaceae

Can you please show me pics of leaves of plants bearing these flowers with a scale. I need to know the width and see the apex. There are two species here, Cymbidium aloifolium (98313, 8182) and C. bicolor (94211, Kaveri).


Cymbidium aloifolium:
I am a bit confused about the ID of this sp.


I dug up a bit more.
So let me confuse you guys more.
There is a monograph on Cymbidium by Puy and Cribb
They write:
Side lobes of the lip not exceeding the column, and anther cap, obtuse to sub-acute, finely mottled with maroon or red-brown ——– C. bicolor.
Side lobes of the lip longer than the column and anther cap, acute, veined with maroon —— C. aloifolium
So lets follow this from now on and change the labels accordingly.
Here the side lobes are not exceeding the column and anther cap…. so this should be C. bicolor.