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Gram. Tiger's Paw 'Greenbuck' X Gram. Tiger's Paw 'Green Tiger'

This is a discussion on Gram. Tiger's Paw 'Greenbuck' X Gram. Tiger's Paw 'Green Tiger' within the Orchids of Other Genera IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Seeing there is some interest in Gram Tiger's Paws , I made a search and ...

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    Seeing there is some interest in Gram Tiger's Paws , I made a search and discovered that this cross was made and registered by the firm of Jones & Scully ( not in business any more) in 1980, using Gram elegans x fenzlianum. Despite my efforts I could not find any pictures of fenzlianum. I had to refer to J&S catalogue 1981 to find out more about fenzlianum but no pix. The particular plant had received a CBE/SFOS under the name Gram scriptum var tigrinum which was later corrected to fenzlianum.

    For those interested, Grams have an undeserved reputation of being large and difficult to bloom, due to a large part of it being associated with Gram speciosum, the largest orchid plant in the world. As can be seen from Connie's plant most Grams are not too big but are of quite manageable size. A picture of a NOID Gram posted by Gavstang (if I remember correctly) a short while ago, shows a diminutive Gram, no larger than most oncids but the plant has a very short spike about 8 inches with a few flowers, compared with the yard-long spike with over 50 flowers on the regular Grams like Connie's.

    I recently visited a friend's nursery where he has about 400 blooming and blooming size Grams mostly hybrids of scriptum, elegans, martae, multiflorum, pantherinum etc. He grew them from compots and it took a long time to grow into 3 in pot sizes, but once they reached that size the growth rate was very much accelerated. As there is great interest in Grams at the moment he is having a booming business selling the blooming plants at US$ 80 - 200 at the various orchid shows.

    I am posting pictures of the plants to show the colour range of the flowers. There is one almost black in colour but the all concolor yellow had already been sold so I could not take a picture of it. The friend is standing next to a row of Grams to show the size of the plants - there are 2 more rows of the plants.
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    Thanks for posting all this information Yew. The pictures were also beautiful. These are certainly good size plants, but as you say, they are not enormous. AL

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    I love the dark one with a crisp outline, and my cousin Hannah does too!

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    Yew, you are right, not all Grams are a large plants. Here the picture of Gram. stapeliflorum, which I've took on Sulawesi. The plant is not bigger then an Ceologyne and has a very interesting flowers even like an Stapilia
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    Very nice picture, Mietek. Love the purplish colour, at least it's a change from the predominant yellow and brown of the others. Ah , yes, Grams are mostly natives of the Philippines, Indonesia and the island of Borneo. There are a few from Papua New Guinea as well.

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    Actually I'm not Gram. fan but after looking the fantastic spikes and flowers slowly I begin to collect those species, thanks Yew for the invaluable info, Metek nice stapeliflorum.

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    this exemplar is a little big bigger. The spike was, more then 1,5 m long. Location, North-Sulawesi.
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    Thanks Mietek for for the pictures of exemplar, especially of the plants growing on the tree.

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    Now I want one, too! Connie lured me in with the great photos of a manageably large plant, and then Yew and Mietek sealed the deal with all the other information.

    Connie, while you're PMing..... please? If you get a moment? Thaks!

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    I think I have read that the nearest relative to Gramatophyllum is Cymbidium.
    I have a small plant in my collection , recently added - not sure yet if it is growing - I think it is a Tigers Paw. I have been fascinated by them since seeing them in flower , perhaps only a handful of times . They are not often grown at all in UK, and all the ones I have seen in flower have been in the Far East, Singapore, Thailand etc. Someone brought some "divisons" of one of the species to a London Orchid Show a couple of years ago ; single canes, about 3 or 4 cm thick and 40 cm long . I bought one ( not cheap ! ) and in a brief chat with the vendor was told that they do tend to rot easily when disturbed. The thing was rotten by the time I got home from the show two days later....

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