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Cymbidium canaliculatum 'Coombadello' -spontaneous
Number: TN2817
Name: Cymbidium canaliculatum 'Coombadello' -spontaneous
Type: spontaneous    (What's that?)
Seed Donor: Mr Greg Steenbeeke  (Email:
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Culture Notes from Donor: The most drought-tolerant of the Australian epiphytes and possibly of all epiphytic orchids, growing in semi-arid conditions in western New South Wales, 700 mm (27") annual rainfall. Will not tolerate much frost (but will go below freezing often in winter), and needs full sun to flower well.
Comments: The capsules were taken from the parent plant destroyed in land clearing activities. The photos come from a different plants, but likely to be of same colour group.

Parent plant: Medium-sized plant.
For additional origin/habitat information supplied courtesy of Charles and Margaret Baker, see further below, near the bottom of this page.

Temperatures we attempt to use in the lab & greenhouse:
For Species:   Spring, Summer, Autumn: days average 97°F, nights 70°F; best fit is Warm 90-70°F (Source: Baker's Web OSC)
For Species:   Winter: days average 71°F, nights 41°F; best fit is Cool-Cold 64-44°F (Source: Baker's Web OSC)

About the name...
Etymology of canaliculatum   From Latin "canaliculatus" with a small groove (on the upper side of the leaves). (Source: Mayr & Schmucker 1998)
Etymology of Cymbidium   From Greek "kymbos" boat-shaped cup. (Source: Pridgeon 1992)
Pronunciation of canaliculatum   kan-ah-lik-yoo-LAH-tum (Source: Hawkes 1978)
Pronunciation of Cymbidium   sim-BID-ee-um (Source: Pridgeon 1992)
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Availability: We have sold all of the flasks for this item.
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Yield Estimate: 493 plants (based on flask surveys done 05/06/2002 through 10/02/2002)
Yield estimates are only approximate, but may appear to be fairly exact numbers because they are a combination of large rough estimates in remaining mother flasks and more accurate small estimates in reflasks.
Plantlet Sizes: From many flasks 15 - 35 mm plants (based on flask surveys done 10/02/2002 )
From one most recently surveyed flask 15 - 30 mm (10/02/2002)
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The origin/habitat information below is supplied courtesy of Charles and Margaret Baker

The following information is based on the name of the plant provided by the donor, and assumes that the name is correct. If the plant has been misidentified, then the following information may not be correct.
This text is copyrighted by the Bakers and may not be reproduced without permission.

ORIGIN/HABITAT: Australia. Plants grow over a large area of northern and eastern Australia. Habitat extends from the northeast corner of Western Australia eastward through the Northern Territory to the Cape York Peninsula in Queensland. It then spreads southward to central New South Wales. Habitat starts at sea level and rises to 3300 ft. (0-1000 m). In eastern Australia, Cymbidium canaliculatum is found from the coast to several hundred miles inland, usually on the western plains and the drier western slopes of the Great Dividing Range. Although uncommon along the coast, it is sometimes found in coastal forests but never in rainforests. In the northern part of the habitat, plants are found in tropical savanna and scrubland. Some authors report that this species is uncommon on the coast, but Jones (1988) stated that in the tropics it often grows on trees by the sea. This species has a wide ranging habitat in a very arid region where it is often the only orchid found. It withstands extended periods of extremely low rainfall, but conditions around the roots are almost always moist despite the desert-like conditions. It normally grows in rotting wood in the hollow centers of trunks and branches of Eucalyptus and Melaleuca trees which often have a decaying central core. The live wood surrounding the core helps maintain moisture in the decaying part of the tree. Cymbidium canaliculatum grows extensive roots which are sometimes as long as 39 ft. (12 m). The stiffly erect leaves of Cymbidium canaliculatum, which are sharply V-shaped in cross section, are very efficient at channeling all available moisture from dew to the base of the plant. This system is so efficient at conserving moisture that even in the very arid climate in which the species grows, collectors note that the roots are always damp.
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