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Old 06-15-2018, 01:23 PM
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Until today, I had never heard that a common name for Cymbidium is "boat orchid".

I know other orchids have interesting common names (moth orchid, cow horn orchid, crane fly orchid, etc.).

Does anyone know where the moniker "boat orchid" came from?
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Until today, I had never heard that a common name for Cymbidium is "boat orchid".

I know other orchids have interesting common names (moth orchid, cow horn orchid, crane fly orchid, etc.).

Does anyone know where the moniker "boat orchid" came from?
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"Cymba" is Latin for boat.........
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Yes. Look up flowers of Androcymbium, bulbs from South Africa. The name means "man in boat."
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Restrepia cymbula. When mine blooms it resembles a very small red boat.
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Why?

Androcymbium and Restrepia cymbula might resemble boats but the genus doesn't. They don't grow around boats. Their parts would make for poor floating vessels.

So, why?
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Androcymbium flowers look like boats full of people.
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Their parts would make for poor floating vessels.
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I've heard of this "boat orchid" thing, but I don't think very many people actually call it that. The explanation I've heard is that it is called that because the lip resembles a boat. I guess if you squint and turn your head, it might, but it's definitely a stretch. Or maybe whoever wrote whatever explanation I read about the lip and the boat (don't remember where I heard that) was just making it up because they didn't know either and didn't have anything better.

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Actually, come to think of it, I think I read that in this big, glossy, lovely coffee table book about orchids my parents got me for my 10th birthday in 1992. It's probably in my mom's attic now.
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