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This is a discussion on Biggest Orchid within the **NOT IN BLOOM** All Genera forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Originally Posted by cdayinflorida I have vandas that are pretty big but I think this ...
Jeff, I believe that what you have is Grammatophyllum wallisii.
I am yet to see a true G. speciosum in the Philippines in the flesh, so to speak, although there is a big chance that the species occurs on Mindanao. I am assuming that your plant came from Quezon, which is a known source for G. wallisii.
What separates the two species, you ask. In terms of flower morphology, none except for the flower colouration. Vegetatively, Grammatophyllum speciosum is capable of forming a much more massive clump than G. wallisii, larger in fact than any orchid on the planet. Grammatophyllum wallisii is no wimp however as their cane-like pseudobulbous stems reach thicker dimensions than G. speciosum's, often comparable to the girth of a human arm.
By the way, neither G. speciosum nor G. wallisii are varieties- they are species.
thanks walter for the confirmation, i think the vendor got fooled out of me. Hehehe
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I can't compete with the huge orchids posted so far but here are my largest.
Lc. Drumbeat 'Heritage'
Wow Jeff! That LC and Oncidium are so well grown! Kudos to you! I'm pretty bad in growing Oncidiums.
Though I do not have this plant but I remember seeing the biggest (or should I say tallest??) orchid plant I ever saw in my life several years back .... It was a Vandopsis lissochiloides owned and grown by a retired faculty member of the University of the Philippines College of Agriculture that had grown to be as tall as an electric post and with all the leaves INTACT! Imagine a vandaceous plant complete with all its leaves from the very base in perfect condition, roughly a meter wide from leaftip to leaftip and 25-30 feet tall???? It was planted in a HUGE terracotta pot in the center of his nursery and it was a good clone because every node showed an old dried flower stem meaning that it was very floriferous! In fact it was even in flower that time with two gigantic spikes on both sides having 10-15 flowers each spike that time, if I remember it well. :O
This is my biggest. It is Vanda (Kultana Gold x tessellata), and the plant is about 2.5 ft tall, plus roots. I prefer the minis.
Nice collection Jeff and Gage. Thanks!
Jeff, I love your Pot, first time i've seen that shape, Shalow yet wide mouted.