NOID large pale green Cymbidium

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    This is the largest Cymbidium I have (I guess they are called ‘standard’), a delicate pale green, flowers are about 12 cm across.
    Current pot and plant are together more than 1.5 m tall.
    Only 4 spikes this winter, and they are all in different stages of development. Several years ago was its best blooming (last photo), all flowers opening more or less at the same time.
    I successfully propagated it from backbulbs (old leafless pseudobulbs) by separating them, removing all dried remaining leaf matter, and placing them in a ziplock bag. Nothing else in the bag, just put it in a dark closet, at room temperature, and in a month or two there were small new shoots. Gave them all to friends after I potted them and when they became a decent size.
    About a month before buds start opening this winter.
     

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    Update for Jan 9 on the two most developed spikes. At least 3 more weeks before flowers start to open. Even though the flowers are very large, I rarely get more than 5 buds per spike for this one, typically 3 to 5 (only once I got 7). If anyone knows the name of this hybrid, I will be very grateful..
    I also learned that the sugary drops at the base of the buds and on the stem are the result of extra-floral nectaries, in order to attract ants for protection against other insects. Not very useful indoors.
     

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    Wendy, this is it!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! I have spent so much time trying to figure it out... But definitely, this is the hybrid, ‘Big Chief Kirawee’. Again, thank you so much!
     

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