!Grammangis ellisii [Lindley]Rchb.f 1860 Photo by Olaf Pronk and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

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Common Name Ellis's Grammangis [English Missionary in east Africa 1800'S]

Flower Size 3 1/2" [7.5 cm]

This is a large, hot to cool growing, epiphytic species from Madagascar found at altitudes of sealevel to 1300 meters in coastal rainforests often overhanging rivers, that is evergreen but needs a semi-dry winter rest after the bulbs have matured. The large plant has ovoid-tetragonal pseudobulbs enveloped by several sheaths and carrying 3 to 5, oblong, plicate, obliquely rounded apically leaves and flowers in the spring and summer from the half completed new pseudobulb with a basal, arching, to 3' [90 cm] long, bracteate inflorescence with many waxy, long-lasting, fragrant flowers. The mature pseudobulb is unusual in that it has a four sided, tall, spindle shape.

Synonyms Gabertia ellisii (Lindl.) Gaudich. 1892; Grammangis fallax Schltr. 1915; *Grammatophyllum ellisi Lindley 1860

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae Rchb.f 1862; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1939/83; AOS Bulletin Vol 26 No 5 1957 drawing; AOS Bulletin Vol 32 No 3 1963 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 32 No 10 1963; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 drawing fide; Die Orchideen lieferung 24 Schlechter/Brieger 1991 drawing/photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 68 No 9 1999 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 76 No 9 2007 photo; Orchids of Madagascar Hermans 2007 photo fide; Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar Cribb & Herman 2009 photo fide

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