It seems to be their time! This is Gramm multiflorum, hot grower, only found in the Phillipines. 1 1/2' tall spike. Many of the flowers are nonresupinate, the first one on the stalk is an imperfect flower, a characteristic of the genus.
The first, ie lowest flower on the stalk, is an imperfect flower. It's lacking much of the reproductive apparatus.
The next one up is a normal or perfect flower. It's not the one shown, that one is higher up on the stalk but it looks like that. This is a very common situation in Grammatophyllum.
Grammatophyllum elegans majus. Again, a hot grower from the Philippines. Makes much longer stalks, 3' not uncommon. This is it's first bloom not too great a presentation.
This is the first flower, imperfect and malformed.
The next one, better but lacking some of the reproductive structures..
What would have been the third flower blasted. The 4th flower from the bottom up, is normal as are all the rest of them.
I have 3 more species of Gramm. One is in spike the other 2 are years away. This is a hybrid between Gramm elegans and Bromheadia finleysoniana. It's called Grammatoheadia Boyton Leopard. Here is the stalk. Note that it has no support, very firm but I'm told brittle, ready to snap.
Again, as in all of the others, the lowest flower is imperfect.
A normal or perfect flower.
A bunch of them. Not facing the light but all over the place.
I'm trying to rescue one which my dentist was growing in a windowless hallway because he thought it didn't need light. Go figure! Isn't basic biology part of a dentists curriculum?
I saw it sitting in the hall, leafless and he asked me to take it and see if I could get it to bloom.
This was in January. I came to Garden Web for advice because I had no idea what it was.
It has been sitting outside in a pot, full sun and has done nothing all these months. Some of the older bulbs looked like they were rotting. I cut two off and they were rotten. I gave up on the plant.
Last week I noticed a small shoot from a back bulb. Doesn't look great, but it is alive.
I'll post a picture in 10 years when I get a spike.
Thanks for the info, Nick.
Grammatoheadia Boyton Leopard is very rich in blooms and rather spectacular.
Love those "tigerish" markings, on all of the posts.
Approx. How many years does it take to bloom?
Beautiful blooms! A Gramatophyllum was my very first orchid I purchased from Fairchild Orchid Festival.It took five years to bloom and after that it died.I think my lack of knowledge on orchid care had alot to do with it.
Gorgeous blooms Nick!
Orchids are full of surprises Jane and one day it'll bloom for you.
They are reluctant bloomers. I have a Gramm speciosum which will only bloom on very large plants ---- if it feels like it. I think I'm looking at 10 years to life.
I have looked in vain for this in Brazil. The only time I ever saw one was in the Botanic garden in Kandy, Sri Lanka. It was growing in what appeared to be a gravel bed without shade in over 100 deg heat and was an absolute monster. GG again. Ian.
These people in Porto Rico sell them. I don't know if you can import them.
Gramm measuresianum, a hot grower from the Phillipines like all the others. I have one more but it's just starting this year's new growth. This one again demonstrates the 'imperfect' flowers at the bottom of the stalk. It has a tall stalk with many buds, the bottom 6 only are open. Here is the bottom most flower which, like the next 2, is imperfect, lacking the reproductive structures.
The 4th one going up, like all the others above it, are normal or 'perfect' flowers.
One spike is now mostly open.
Ohhh, I like that.
Nick, Do they have fragrance? Joanne
I can't detect any fragrance, but I don't have a sensitive nose at all.