Plants bloom from winter to spring with fifteen to thirty 10 cm wide flowers on an arching inflorescence.

The plant was first collected in 1877 from Burma by Boxall who sent plants to Messer Lows.[1] Reichenbach later described the plant as Cymbidium giganteum, a variety of cymbidium iridoides from dried material.[1] He later raised the plant to species level in 1879 after seeing imported flowers.[1]
This species is recognized by its green flowers on a arching scape with a single bold maroon v-shaped patch on the midlobe.[1]
There are several distinct variants that are recognized, Cymbidium lowianum var. superbissimum L. Linden has clear green petals and sepals with a strong red patch on the midlobe.[1] Cymbidium lowianum var. concolor Rolfe lacks the red pigment in the lip which is replaced by a clear yellow color. [1]  
Cymbidium lowianum var iansonii has slightly larger flowers than var. lowianum, the lip and callus has longer hairs, and the petals and sepals are marked with red brow colors and the midlobed of the lip is light brown.[1]
Cymbidium lowianum var. iansonii was first collected in northern Burma in 1900 and flowered in the collection of Messrs Low. Rolfe described the plant as a hybrid between Cymbidium lowianum and Cymbidium tracyanum.[1] In 1934 specimens were collected in burma and described by Colyear as Cymbidium grandiflorum var. kalawensis. The plants appear to be an intermediate between lowianum and iansonii.[1]
Plants are found growing on damp shaded evergreen trees in the montane forest of Burma, Thailand, Yunnan China and Vietnam at elevations of 1300 to 2200 meters 
Plant should be grown in cool areas with medium to bright light. Pot with bark and perlite. Plant prefers dry periods between watering. Reduce watering during the winter. Water about once a week.
(From Orchids Wiki on 5.7.13)

Cymbidium lowianum MN300613 :  Attachments (1). 5 posts by 5 authors.

Cymbidium lowianum
Lloyds Garden, Darjeeling
May 2013

Nice orchid from homeland of orchids.

Cymbidium lowianum

LLoyds Botanical Garden, Darjeeling

May 2013

This could be Cymbidium lowianum but this colour is not so typical.
Most often they have hybrids too so its not easy to clarify.

Cymbidium lowianum

May 2013

This could be Cymbidium lowianum.


Orchidaceae Fortnight:: Cymbidium Hybrids (NSJ-20) :  Attachments (3). 6 posts by 5 authors.

Cymbidium hybrids from Sikkim.

this one is Cymbidium lowianum.

I am not sure if this is hybrid but close to Cymbidium lowianum.


This species was recorded in wild from few places around Pelling and Darjeeling…
I am sharing few shots from wild as well from LBG, Darjeeling…

Yes this does look like Cymbi​dium lowianum.


SK1033 21 MAR-2018 : 8 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (5)- around 600 kb each.

Location : Gyaneswor , Kathmandu, Nepal
Date : 14 March 2018
Elevation :  4500 ft.
Habit : Cultivated
Cymbidium ..??  ID  ??

Seems like another hybrid of Cymbidium lowianum or Cymbidium schroederi

Cymbidium lowianum (Rchb.f.) Rchb.f.  ??http://wiki.eanswers.com/de/Cymbidium

It is Cymbidium lowianum but not sure if it is the normal plant or just variant or hybrid.

If I have to pick one option then I would say if this plant is collected from wild then definitely a variant of Cymbidium lowianum.


SK1272 09 JUL 2018 : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (4)- around 500 kb.
Location:  Kalimpong, WB, India
Date: 10 May 2018
Altitude: 4600 ft.
Habit : Cultivated

Cymbidium sp. ??

Not sure if this is reported from west Bengal but this looks like Cymbidium lowianum var. lowianum.

Thank you … May be it is imported since it is from a garden.


SK1270 09 JUL 2018 : 6 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (5)- around 700 kb each.

Location:  Kalimpong, WB, India
Date: 10 May 2018
Altitude: 4400 ft.
Habit : Cultivated 
Cymbidium sp. ??

I thought I already replied this.

This should be Cymbidium lowianum. Looks a bit faded in colour though.
Thanks a lot for sharing.

Thank you …! This us from slightly different location.



SK 2495 01 March 2020 : 8 posts by 2 authors. 5 images- 6 to 7 mb each.
Location :  Gyaneswor
Date: 29 February 2020
Elevation : 1500m.
Habitat : Cultivated

Cymbidium lowianum (Rchb.f.) Rchb.f. ??

This is interesting. Not sure if it is wild one or not but lowianum usually has green flowers with red apex on labellum but looks close.

Inflorescence is supposed to hang down too.

I gave stick support.

Reham kariye sir ji…

!!Ulta taang rakha hai bechare ko

This should be Cymbidium lowianum.

Orchidaceae Fortnight:: For ID (NSJ-14) : Attachments (2). 4 posts by 3 authors.

ID requested. Photographed at Sikkim. (Apr-09)

Not easy to confirm from this pic but this could be Cymbidium lowianum or related hybrid.

This should be Cymbidium lowianum.

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