Common name: Snake Orchid
Cymbidium suave R.Br. APNI*
Description: Epiphyte with limited-monopodial growth; stems not prominently differentiated to form pseudobulbs, cylindrical, 5–35 cm long, 0.6–2 cm diam.
Leaves linear, 10–60 cm long, 0.8–2 cm wide, leathery, flexible, slightly V-shaped in cross section.
Inflorescence 10–35 cm long, 10–50-flowered, arching to pendent, borne in the axils of bases of fallen leaves; pedicel plus ovary 8–18 mm long. Sepals and lateral petals usually olive green. Sepals 10–15 mm long, 5–8 mm wide. Labellum 9.5–11 mm long, with 1 indistinct keel from the base to the base of the midlobe, in front of which is a shallow depression, yellow to green with a conspicuous dark brown stripe on the disc.
Distribution and occurrence: in the hollows of trees, in wet sclerophyll forest to dry sclerophyll woodland; north from the Moruya R. and west to Tamworth district.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, NWS, CWS
Other Australian states: Qld
Text by P. H. Weston
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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