Grammatophyllum stapeliiflorum J.J.Sm. 1905 Photo by © Jay Pfahl

Inflorescence Photo courtesy of Dr. E.F. de Vogel, André Schuiteman, and Jaap Vermeulen and Their Netherlands National Herbarium Website. and Flora Malesiana Vol III

Another Flower Photo courtesy of Patricia Harding.


Common Name Stapelia-like Grammatophyllum

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

A medium sized, epiphytic, warm to hot growing species from Malaysia, Sumatra, Java, Celebes and the Philippines in rainforests on larger tree trunks at elevations of 200 to 1000 meters with ovoid, laterally compressed, clustered pseudobulbs carrying 2 to 3, leathery leaves and blooms in the later spring and summer on a basal, pendulous, 1 1/2' [45 cm] long, several to many [to 10] flowered, racemose inflorescence with waxy, long-lasting, foul smelling flowers.

Synonyms Cymbidium huttoni Hkr.f. 1867; *Cymbidium stapeliaeflorum Teijsm. & Binn. 1862; Cymbidium stephensi Ridl. 1900; Grammangis huttoni Bnth. 1889; Grammangis stapeliiflora [Teijsm. & Binn.] Schlechter 1911; Sadokum stapeliiflorum D. Tiu & Cootes 2007

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Von Java J.J.Sm. 1905; Die Orchideen Von Java Figuren Atlas J.J.Smith 1908 drawing fide; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as Grammangis stapeliiflora; Flora of Malaya Vol 1 Holtttum 1957 drawing fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as Grammangis stapeliiflora; Orchidiana Philipiniana Vol 1 Valmayor 1984; Orchids of Java Comber 1990 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 25 1520 - 1584 Brieger 1991; The Orchids of Penninsualr Malaysia and Singapore Seidenfaen & Wood 1992 drawing/photo fide; Living with Orchids in Sumatra Landau 1996 photo fide; Orchid Australia Vol 11 No 6 1999 photo; Australian Orchid Review Vol 66 No 4 2001 photo; Orchids of Sumatra Comber 2001 photo fide; Orchids of the Philippines Cootes 2001 photo fide; A to Z of South East Asian Orchid Species Vol 1 O'Byrne 2001 photo fide; Lindleyana Vol 17 No 1 2002; Flora Malesiana Orchids of the Philippines Vol I Agoo, Shuiteman and de Vogel 2003; AOS Bulletin Vol 73 No 3 2004 photo fide; Flora Malesiana Orchids of New Guinea Vol III Shuiteman and de Vogel 2005; Australian Orchid Review Vol 72 No 6 12/07-1/08 photo as Sadokum stapeliiflorum; Wild Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia Ong, O'Byrne, Yong & Saw 2011 photo fide; Philippine Native Orchid Species Cootes 2011 as Sadokum stapeliiflorum photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol #9 2019 photo fide;