A Sympathy greeting card featuring a toned image of a Cymbidium orchid and text 'With Sympathy'
– Blank inside for your own message
– Printed in the UK on premium card stock
– Supplied with a white envelope
12 in stock
A Sympathy greeting card featuring a toned image of a Cymbidium orchid and text ‘With Sympathy’
This card is a variation on the full-colour version here Orchid card, also in the Sympathy range.
The word cymbidium comes from the Greek word cymba, which according to Pliny means a hollowed out boat. The connection to the name of the orchid is a reference to the similarity of the hollow lip of the flower to the shape of a boat.
Pliny, the great documenter of the world in Roman times, ascribes the invention of the cymba to the Phoenicians. He says that the poets used the word for the boat on which Charon took his passengers across the River Styx.
That might be a bit morbid, and in Chinese culture symbolism is quite different, for it is said to stand for love, beauty, and refined charm.