Plant of interest
The genus Grammatophyllum is often referred to as the giant orchid
or tiger orchid. This is due to the massive size it can grow to or the
colouration of the flowers. Pseudo bulbs grow up to three metres in
length. The plant is a vigorous grower which can double in size after
just one year and has a very strong root system and it is known as
the largest orchid in the world.
It is endemic to south east Asia where it prefers warm to hot conditions
and grows in full sun or strong light. The multi flowered arching
racemes display waxy blooms are green, yellow or brown flowers covered
with purple spots.