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Italian Floral Artistry – Cymbidium Orchid Design

Cymbidium Orchid

Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)

Origin: From the Greek kumbos (cavity), but according to others from kymbe (boat). In both cases, the name refers to the shape created by

the void. The area of origin is Burma (Myanmar) and the Himalayas.

Common Name: Cymbidium orchid.

Variety and Colors: Wide availability of colors and flower sizes; the name is often associated with the color.

Vase Life: Two to five weeks.

Use: The flower is generally sold in single branches and widely used for weddings in bouquets, corsages and boutonnieres.

Flowering: Year-round.

Availability: Year-round.

Description: The waxlike flowers are formed with five petals around the central cavity. The branches come in a variety of different lengths.

Curiosity: Branches with small flowers can contain up to 20 heads; larger flowers can have between 8 to 12 heads to a branch.

Meaning: Represents sensuality and passion.

Natural Materials: Cymbidium ‘Nevada’, Salix, Aralia, China grass, Dianthus ‘Antilles’, Skimmia ‘Kew Green’ and Skimmia ‘Rubella’.

Other Materials and Accessories: Floral foam, rattan basket, cellophane, brown decorative floral wire, plastic water tubes.

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