Saturday, September 20, 2008

An orchid the size of a small car ...

The New York Times reported earlier this week that a Grammatophyllum speciosum the size of a Volkswagen Beetle is in bloom at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden in New York.

The plant, purchased 10 years ago for $75, weighs approximately 200 pounds and is about 12 feet wide.

We saw the same species of Grammatophyllum when we were at a nursery in Hawaii in 2006. They are definitely large plants!


At 3:42 a.m., Blogger Hersorchids said...

Actually there many variant of Gram. Speciosum and not all of them are large size.
These species can be found in Java, Sumatera, Borneo and Papua. The largest is Borneo form that reported can be more than 3m in high with 10cm in diameter of its pseudobulb. Sumatera form is similar with Borneo form.
Java form is smaller, its just 1-1.5m in high and 5cm in diameter. But java form is the rarest of those variant. It has been claim as lost in wild species.

At 3:49 a.m., Blogger Hersorchids said...

There is a tiny form from Borneo. Its just 30cm in high and 5cm in diameter. This is new variant. Right now, its has been being registering as a different species.
Gram. speciosum has a local name, "Anggrek Tebu". Sometime we just name as "Tebu".
Sorry with my English,

At 4:27 p.m., Blogger West Coast said...


Thanks very much for your comments and information!

Best regards,



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