It’s always a bonus to spot native orchids growing in situ, but this awesome Cymbidium finlaysonianum growing right under our noses in the heart of city makes it even more special.

Just up the road from my office, above a bus-stop, a huge Cymbidium finlaysonianum specimen sits high atop on the fork of a tree. I don’t know if anybody below notices this massive clump, let alone realise that there is this wonderful native orchid observing passengers alight buses from 10 meters up.

Don’t just stand there, look up!

But I did, of course, so I decided to take a closer look one day. No flowers were noted, but looking at it from below was quite a sight. It looked wonderfully green, healthy, regal and totally out of reach.

Cym finlaysonianum – the clump from below

Cymbidium finlaysonianums are quite a common sight, easily recognisable by their long, narrow leaves and the huge clumps that they form. If you do decide to grow one, be prepared to allocate lots of space for them. They can take over your patio completely.

Cymbidium finlaysonianum – if you want an example of an epiphyte, THIS is a good example.


A smaller clump growing on a lower fork of the same tree