Grammatophyllum scriptum (L.) Blume
Bell Orchid, Written Grammatophyllum
Epidendrum scriptum, Cymbidium scriptum, Epidendrum papilionaceum, Gabertia scripta, Grammatophyllum boweri, Grammatophyllum celebicum, Grammatophyllum leopardinum, Grammatophyllum seegerianum, Vanda scripta
Color: Green with dark brown
Bloom Time: Summer
Grammatophyllum scriptum is a well-known orchid with pseudobulbs from which originate 3 to 4 stout, up to 3.3 feet (1 m) long leaves. Flowers are generally up to 1.8 inches (4.5 cm) across, green with dark brown markings, and held in racemes of up to 150 blooms.
How to Grow and Care
Grammatophyllums grow well in moderate light intensity. The morning sun is best until about noon. Observation of the leaf structure can be your best guide to the correct light conditions for which a type is particularly suited. Lime green-colored foliage is an indication of proper light. Dark green foliage, while very attractive, is not conducive to the plant reaching its full blooming potential. Yellow-colored foliage indicates too much light. In very mild climates, most members of this can be grown out of doors, with protection from the hot summer sun and the colder nights of winter.
The ideal annual temperature range for most members of the genus Grammatophyllum is 75 to 85 °F (24 to 30 °C) during the day and 55 to 60 °F (13 to 16 °C) at night. Plants will tolerate temperatures of 45 °F (10 °C) and up to 100 °F (38 °C) for short periods. Air circulation and humidity must be increased at higher temperatures, or damage can occur.
See more at How to Grow and Care for Grammatophyllum.
This species is native to low-lying coastal areas of Southeast Asia.
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