In terms of cultivation for pure ornamental value, the Cymbidium probably is the oldest genus appreciated by man. Most varieties that we know today are derived from six or seven species from the Himalayan foothills in India, Nepal and China. When discovered by the European public at large they became incredibly popular, as they were compatible with the cool temperate climate; they offered a seemingly endless quantity of varieties which were ideal for collectors and were naturally extremely beautiful. Closely examine the flowers for damage by thrips which will be visible as scarring of flower tissue, and also check for transparent petals, exaggerated veins and limp blooms. Look closely at the central column for blackening and senescence, as well as the labellum (modified petal) to see if the lip is turning brown. Cymbidiums can generally be stored prior to sale in the tubes they are shipped in, although water levels should be examined to make sure they are still full.