Type: Hybrids terrestrial (some species epiphytic).
Woody rhizomes produce leathery, ribbonlike leaves. Long-lasting, 7.5-13cm (3-5in) wide, waxy flowers appear in long arching sprays from late winter to early summer. They may be any colour except blue and include both bright and dusky shades.
Size: Up to 1.2m (4ft) tall.
Special needs: Bright light but no direct sun; intermediate/cool temperatures; water moderately; liquid feed fortnightly; allow brief rest at 15°C (59°F) in winter.
English: Picture of a Boat Orchid (Orchidaceae Cymbidium) at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens (Photo credit: Wikipedia)