Cymbidium orchids are also called ‘Boat Orchids’ as their name comes from the Latin word for ‘boat’. They are native to Southeast Asia and are now more widely grown, especially in China.
Like most orchids they are found in a large variety of colors. Most common are pinks and greens, with some orange. Cymbidium are often used in wedding bouquets. Some are fragrant.
Mokara is an artificial hybrid generic name. It derives from the combination of ArachnisX Ascocentrum X Vanda. Mokara Hybrids are now the more popular cutflowers when considering the non- dendrobium type flowers.
Cultivation and propogation are very similar to those for the arandas. The first Mokara hybrid was called Mokara Wai Liang, named after C.Y. Mok of Singapore. This hearty hybrid has a unique flower shape and the potential to last up to two or three weeks in the vase with proper care.