[OGD] Grammatophyllum muddles & size matters.
- From: "Peter O'Byrne" <oberonia@xxxxxxxxx>
- To: director@xxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2009 16:51:00 +0800
Oliver Sparrow queried me about my concept of G. scriptum: "However, re G. measuresianum and scriptum, I do thing they are different: in flowering period, in how the stem is held, in the odd cleistogmatic flowers that G. measuresianum tends to have at the base of a raceme; et al. If you said that what is sold as G. scriptum, tigrinum and citrinum were the same species I woudl however agree." Oliver, the simple answer is yes, I lump G. multiflorum, G. tigrinum and G. citrinum together under G. scriptum. I cannot see any consistent morphological differences between them; they are just colour forms. I haven't seen G. martae in the wild. In the same OGD, Andy Easton continues to try to show that there may really be a human being somewhere underneath that exterior ... he posted a mailing about me which didn't contain a single insult. Andy, "the largest" depends on how you measure size. There are several records of Grammatophyllum speciosum specimens weighing-in at over one ton. Sobralia certainly gets tall, but it is never massive in the same sense. If, however, you insist that length is all that counts, then I suggest you dump some fertilizer on your 34-foot specimen, because it really doesn't measure up. I've got a photo of Arachnis celebica in the wild with a single stem more than 16 metres long (for decimally-challenged readers, that is over 52 feet), and I gave up measuring the length of a Vanilla griffithii stem when my tape measure ran out after 20 metres (65 feet). Peter O'Byrne in Singapore
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