Grammatophyllum scriptum

Grammatophyllum scriptum

Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Asparagales
Subfamily: Epidendroideae
Tribe: Cymbidieae
SubTribe: Cyrtopodiinae
Genus: Grammatophyllum
Species: Gram. scriptum
Binomial name
Grammatophyllum scriptum
[Lindley]Blume 1849

Grammatophyllum scriptum is a species in the Grammatophyllum genus.


Plant blooms from spring to summer with up to one hundred 4.5 cm wide flowers

The Amboin Island native people make a paste from the pseudobulb of G scriptum to treat sores. The plant is also used for treating intestinal ailments and a cleanser for worms. People of Spice Islands have been known to make a love potion from the seeds of this species.


Plant is found growing near the coast from Southeast Asia to Papua and New Guinea and is found at elevations of 0 to 100 meters.


These plants are usually rare in cultivation due to their spacial requirements. Plants require direct sunlight and intermediate to warm temperatures. Keep in temperatures of 75° to 85°F in the day and 55°-6O°F in the night. Plants can tolerate temperatures up to 100°F and as low as 45°F. Plants need to be heavily fertilized during growing season. Pot in sphagnum moss or medium fir bark. Mix should be well drained. Keep area well ventilated. Water frequently in spring to early fall during growth period, but do not keep mix wet and damp. In the winter reduce watering and water when potting media is dried.


Common Name: The Written Grammatophyllum


  1. Cymbidium scriptum [L] Sw. 1799
  2. Cymbidium scriptum Stued. 1841
  3. *Epidendrum scriptum L.
  4. Eulophia scripta Lindl. 1833
  5. Gabertia scripta [L]Gaud. 1826
  6. Grammatophyllum boweri FvM. 1883
  7. Grammatophyllum celebicum Schltr.] 1913
  8. Grammatophyllum guilelmii Kraenzl. 1894
  9. Grammatophyllum guilielmi-secundi Krzl. 1894
  10. Grammatophyllum leopardinum Rchb.f 1888
  11. Grammatophyllum multiflorum var. tigrinum Lindl. 1842
  12. Grammatophyllum scriptum f. citrinum Valmayor & D.Tiu in H.L.Valmayor 1984
  13. Grammatophyllum scriptum var. boweri (F.Muell.) Schltr. 1912
  14. Grammatophyllum scriptum var minahassae Schltr. 1911
  15. Grammatophyllum scriptum var. tigrinum (Lindl.) Holttum 1964
  16. Grammatophyllum seegerianum hort. 1896
  17. Vanda scripta [L]Spreng. 1828

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