Cymbidium aloifolium (L.) Sw.

Last updated: 12 May 2015

Scientific Name

Cymbidium aloifolium (L.) Sw.


Aerides borassii Buch.-Ham. ex Sm., Cymbidium erectum Wight [Illegitimate], Cymbidium intermedium H.G.Jones, Cymbidium pendulum (Roxb.) Sw., Cymbidium simulans Rolfe, Epidendrum aloides Curtis, Epidendrum aloifolium L., Epidendrum pendulum Roxb. [1]

Vernacular Name

India Kansjiram-maravara, panai pulluruvi, panaipuluruvu, sonu [3]
Indonesia Kare karon (Nakhon Ratchasima); kluai haang lai (Chumphon); ueang paakpet (Chiang Mai) [2]
Vietnam Lan l[oo] h[ooj]i, do[ar]n ki[ees]m [2]

Geographical Distributions

Cymbidium aloifolium occurs in Nepal, India, Sri Lanka, Burma (Myanmar), the Andaman Islands, Indo-China, southern China, Taiwan, Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, Java, Borneo and the Philippines. This plant occurs in mixed forests and teak forests up to 1000 m altitude. [3]

Botanical Description

C. aloifolium falls under the family of Orchidaceae. It is an epiphytic herb. [3]

The leaves can measures up to 50 cm x 3 cm and with unequally 2-lobed tips. [3]

The inflorescence is pendulous, up to 40 cm long. The flowers are up to 4.5 cm in diametre. The petals are pale greenish to cream with a central purple stripe. The lips are with all striped purple lobes and yellow midlobes with white margins. [3]


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Traditional Use

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Poisonous Management

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Figure 1: The line drawing of C. aloifolium (L.) Sw. [3]


  1. The Plant List. Ver1.1. Cymbidium aloifolium (L.) Sw.[homepage on the Internet]. c2013 [updated 2012 Mar 23; cited 2015 May 06]. Available from:
  2. Quattrocchi U. CRC World dictionary of medicinal and poisonous plants: Common names, scientific names, eponyms, synonyms, and etymology (5 Volume set). Boca Raton, Florida: CRC Press; 2012. p. 1268.
  3. Cymbidium aloifolium (L.) Sw.In: Lemmens RHMJ, Bunyapraphatsara N, editors. Plant Resources of South-East Asia 12 (3): Medicinal and Poisonous Plants 3. Leiden, Netherlands: Backhuys Publication; 2003.