Spathoglottis grandifolia Schltr. 1912

Drawing by Schlechter and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Part shade Hot EARLY Winter EARLY Summer

Common Name The Large Leaved Spathoglottis

Flower Size 1.04" [2.6 cm]

Found in New Guinea on steep cliffs near creeks at elevations around 100 to 400 meters as a giant sized, hot growing terrestrial with a short rhizome giving rise to small pseudobulbs carrying 2 to 4, erect-patent, elliptic, acuminate, glabrous, cuneate below into the narrow, petiolate base leaves that blooms in the early winter and early summer on a substrict to arcuate, 72" [180 cm] long, rachis minutely pubescent, densely many flowered inflorescence with patent, oval, acuminate, glabrous, shorter than the ovary floral bracts.

Schlechter states that the flowers are violet-pink with darker lateral lobes of the lip and a yellow glabrous callus.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1912 drawing fide; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 15 881 - 944 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1984;