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Among the progeny of Cym floribundum are the following
Beaconfire, Bedivere, Celadon, Celtic Imp, Dolly, Fairy Rouge, Jessie Blakiston, Jimbo Tupp, Katydid, Mary Pinchess, Mimi, Minneken, Morialta, Nip, Olymilum, Pipeta Prolific, Ruby Eyes, Sarah Jean, Summer Clouds and Tom Thumb from the pod parent side.

From the pollen parent side – Dag, Doctor Baker, Mini Splendour, Minuet, Miss Muffet, Nancy Maxwell, Pee Wee, Pumisan, Putana, Tommy and Wakakusa.

Many of the grexes listed have gone on to prove themselves as important parents in their own right. Cym. Ruby Eyes is arguably the most important parent in the production of dark red intermediate cymbidiums with names such as Aussie Rules, Khairpour, Marilyn Levy, Peggy Foo, Radiant Ruby, Ruby Pendant, Ruby Valley, Street Hawk, Ten Pin and Willunga Regal from its lineage. There are over 90 Cym. Ruby Eyes hybrids registered and it is still in use as a parent today.

Cym. Dolly has some 47 hybrids to its name with offspring such as Gold Madonna, John Gomes, One Tree Hill and Tracey Doll among them, while Cym. Sarah Jean has been one parent in 69 hybrids including Druin Masterpiece, Gowlings Gem, Lady Sarah, Little Sarah, Maluka, Melanie, Mini Dream, Memoria Jaqueline Oyston, Mont Niron and Pure Sarah, to name a few.
With other significant parents stemming from Cym. floribundum including Dag, Doctor Baker, Jessie Blakiston, Jimbo Tupp, Katydid, Mary Pinchess, Minneken, Olymilum, Putana, Summer Clouds and Tom Thumb, it’s clear how important Cym. floribundum has been to the development of miniature and intermediate cymbidiums as we know them. Others may make a case for different miniature species as the most important in the development of modern miniature and intermediate cymbidium hybrids, perhaps Cym. devonianum comes to mind, but I doubt that any other single miniature species has had the impact of Cym. floribundum


While this in no way constitutes a detailed review of Cymbidium floribundum and its progeny, I hope it gives some insight into this attractive and influential orchid.

Noe Smith

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