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.
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.
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.