It is the height of the dry season in most of the western part of the country. It is also the blooming season of one of the most common Cymbidium species in the country.
Cymbidium finlaysonianum naturalized on a coconut palm in Tanza, Cavite province.
brownish pale green form
Another form is the brownish greenish color form found in an old ancestral house in Tanza, Cavite province.
Cymbidium finlaysonianum with large petal and darker color ( photo courtesy of Plantchaser)
There was another dark yellow colored flowering type with fuller petals and sepals collected in the provinces of Nueva Viscaya, Nueva Ecija, Bulacan, Quezon and Ifugao.
This is a timely season for the blooming of the Cymbidium finlaysonianum, It had rained for almost 8 times and This specimen plant rewarded us with 3 spikes with between 25 to 30 flowers.
Cymbidium finlaysonianum naturalized on Manila Palm within Chapel of the Holy Sacrifice within University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City.
Cymbidium finlaysonianum featured by Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPOST) in 2004
There were at least 11 known species with some color variations found in the country and is divided into epiphytes /lithophytes and terrestrial growing.
Cymbidium aloifolium, Cymbidium atropurpureum, Cymbidium chloranthum and Cymbidium finlaysonianum, Cymbidium bicolor Lindl. subsp pubescens. which are found growing on trees, while i have seen some orchid grown or mounted on rocks, man-made grottoes, adobe rock or even on hollow block walls.
We got Cymbidium finlaysonianum and Cymbidium atropurpureum grown on a Manila Palm for several decades.
Cymbidium aliciae, Cymbidium dayanum,Cymbidium cyperifolium, Cymbidium ensifolium subsp. haematodes , Cymbidium lancifolium, Cymbidium macrorhizon are classified as terrestrial.
While Cymbidium macrorhizon had a special relationship with symbiotic fungus, the only time it is ever seen is when it flowers.
Bibliographies and Sources:
Personal communication with growers
Philippine Journal of Systematic Biology ( issue June 2007) : http://asbp.org.ph/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/907-3032-2-PB.pdf
The Complete Writings on Philippine Orchids Vol 1 Quisumbing 1981; The Complete Writings on Philippine Orchids Vol 2 Quisumbing 1981 drawing
Second Print 1982, Manila pages, 86 to 91: Davis S. Reg and Steiner Mona Lisa: Philippine Orchids ” A detailed Treatment of Some One Hundred Native Species” printed by M& L Licudine Enterprises, Dongalo, Parañaque, Philippines