Grammatophyllum scriptum var. boweri

Grammatophyllum scriptum var. boweri

Grammatophyllum scriptum (L.) Blume var. boweri (F.Muell.) Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1913) 951

Type: King cult. (Goldfinch) s.n. (Solomon Isl., Mandoliana I.)

Synonyms:

  • Cymbidium boweri F.Muell., S. Sci. Rec. 3 (1883) 197
  • Grammatophyllum guilelmisecundi Kraenzl., Gartenflora 43 (1894) 114
    - Type: Sander cult. (Micholitz) s.n. (New Guinea) (holo B, lost; iso HBG, K)

An epiphytic plant forming large compact clumps. Pseudobulbs ovoid, up to 25 cm long, few-leaved. Leaves distichous, lanceolate, petiolate, up to about 70 by 3.5-8 cm. Inflorescences lateral, arcuate, many-flowered. Flowers large. Median sepal ovate, 2.5-3 by 1.5-2 cm. Lateral sepals ovate, 2.8-3.3 by 1.5-1.7 cm. Petals spathulate, 2.7-3 by 1.2-1.4 cm. Lip 3-lobed towards the apex, 1.9-2.2 by 1.6-2 cm, hairy all over, the mid-lobe semicircular to transversely elliptic-triangular, the callus of 2 ridges. Column 1.3-1.7 cm long. (After Lewis and Cribb, 1991).


Pseudobulbs green turning glossy yellow. Flowers large, yellow with large dull brown blotches; lip yellow or off-white veined with brown.

Epiphyte. Altitude 0-10 m.

Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Papua New Guinea. See map

distribution in New Guinea

Warm growing epiphyte.

December.

  • Family Orchidaceae
  • Subfamily Epidendroideae
  • Tribe Cymbidieae
  • Subtribe Cymbidiinae
  • Genus Grammatophyllum
  • Species Grammatophyllum scriptum
  • Variety Grammatophyllum scriptum boweri
  • Lewis, B.A. & P.J. Cribb, Orchids of the Solomon Islands and Bougainville (1991) 303, fig. 78A-K, pl. 15D

Grammatophyllum scriptum var. boweri is traditionally distinguished by the large brown blotches on the sepals and petals and the transversely elliptic-rectangular midlobe of the lip. Based on intermediate material Ormerod (2017) suggests that it may be better to treat Grammatophyllum scriptum as a species with a clinal variation in colour and lip shape.


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Grammatophyllum scriptum var. boweri

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Grammatophyllum scriptum var. boweri

Grammatophyllum scriptum (L.) Blume var. boweri (F.Muell.) Schltr., photo G. Stocker

Grammatophyllum scriptum var. boweri

Grammatophyllum scriptum (L.) Blume var. boweri (F.Muell.) Schltr., flower, photo P. O'Byrne, based on O'Byrne G250

Grammatophyllum scriptum var. boweri

Grammatophyllum scriptum (L.) Blume, plant habit, photo Graham Corbin, from Papua New Guinea, locality not knowm cultivated by Steven Kami

Grammatophyllum scriptum var. boweri

Grammatophyllum scriptum (L.) Blume, flower, photo Graham Corbin, from Papua New Guinea, locality not knowm cultivated by Steven Kami

Grammatophyllum scriptum var. boweri

Grammatophyllum scriptum (L.) Blume var. boweri (F.Muell.) Schltr., drawing P. O'Byrne

Grammatophyllum scriptum var. boweri

Grammatophyllum scriptum (L.) Blume var. boweri (F.Muell.) Schltr., drawing P. O'Byrne