Jumellea major Schltr. 1925 GROUP 1

Photo by Olaf Pronk and Laurette E.U.R.L. orchids of Madagascar

FragrancePart shadeCoolFall

Common Name The Larger Jumellea [refers to the size of the plant]

Flower Size 3 1/5" to 4" [8 to 10 cm]

Found in northern Madagascar in mossy montane forests at the side of streams on trunks and large branches of trees at elevations of 1200 to 1500 meters as a large sized, cool growing epiphytic orchid with an very thick, flattened, elongate stem carrying a fan of 11 to 17, large, ligulate, leathery, obtusely bilobed leaves that blooms in the fall on a basal, 6 to 8" [15 to 20 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence enveloped basally by 3 apiculate sheaths and oblong-apiculate floral bracts all carrying a large, fleshy, night scented flower with a short spur.

Best potted in medium to fine bark and given warm temperatures and medium shade.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1939/81; Cultivated Angraecoid Orchids Of Madagascar Hillerman & Holst 1986 photo fide; A Culture Manual for Angraecoid Orchid Growers Hillerman 1992 photo fide; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans, Campbell 2006 photo fide; Orchids of Madagascar Hermans, Du Puy, Cribb & Bosser 2007 photo fide; Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar Cribb & Hermans 2009 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 79 #2 2010 photo fide;