Grammatophyllum measuresianum Weathers 1889

Flower closeupPhoto courtesy of Jay Pfahl

Another Flower Closeup Photo courtesy of Nik Fahmi and his Vortex Orchid Page.

Common Name Measures' Grammatophyllum [First to Flower species late 1800's]

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

This is a large Philippine epiphytic, hot growing species found at elevations below 500 meters with ovoid, maturely wrinkled pseudobulbs enveloped by a few membraneous sheaths, carrying 4 to 6, apical, broadly lanceolate, to 2' [60 cm] long leaves that blooms on a basal, upright to semi-arching, 5' [1.5 m] long, many [80] flowered, racemose inflorescence that blooms in the summer with imperfect flowers in the bottom few rows and then many [50] faintly fragrant, waxy flowers for the rest of the expanding over time inflorescence.

Synonyms Grammatophyllum grandiflorum Hort. ?; Grammatophyllum fenzlianum var. measuresianum (Sander) A.H.Kent in H.J.Veitch 1893

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Orchidiana Philipiniana Vol 1 Valmayor 1984; Orchids of the Philippines Cootes 2001; Flora Malesiana Orchids of the Philippines Vol I Agoo, Shuiteman and de Vogel 2003;