haha (哈哈) I can't really write Chinese but I have the names of these in characters...I just realized that I rarely post my cymbidiums on the forums. all three have some degree of variegation in the leaves. I don't have special cultivars with double petalled blooms yet those intruiging things are to wierd for my taste at the current moment. maybe i'll buy one for a conversation piece when I have huge amounts of space to grow.
Cym. ensifolium v. Tie Gu Su Xin 铁骨素心 . This translates to Iron Bone Plain Flower.
Cym. ensifolium 银边素心兰 – I translated this to White Edge Plain Flower. This plant has more variegation than 'Iron Bone Plain Flower' It was given to me by a chinese friend, I don't think it is available in Canadian orchid nurseries that I've seen. This one has more distinctly variegated foliage, hence the name. If you give your plants higher lights they become more variegated. This plant is rare in my friends perception, so he didn't divide it to many, but nowadays Chinese cymbidiums are everywhere. (there does remain a few cultivars that are indeed rare though)
Cymbidium ensifolium var. Cai Hong 彩虹. It also goes by 'Rainbow'. Its foliage is also slightly variegated, the new growths are slightly pink too. So both its flowers and the foliage are multi-coloured at some stage.
Thanks for the look at those lovely flowers and plants Fren! Also, thanks for starting this thread Luis! I've got a few of these, particularly C. goeringii, but most bloom in a another couple weeks...there are a few out in the garden - I'll have to check later to see what they're up to. You really should grow these just for the smell alone.
:drool: Thank you very much to all, i'm crasy for chinese cymb, and it will be very interesting if we all make a beautifull album of it here. I have 12 diferent ch cymb and i promiss i will put them here! Thank you smartie your ensifoliums are great!