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There is something very serene and stable when I come and spend time in my Garden. These are my quiet moments where I seek God - listening and finding myself in that reflection. There are times when I'm not able to blog, If you have any questions or queries Do seek me out in Facebook and I will try my best to help you out.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Giant Orchid - Grammatophyllum Speciosum

It was one of my zealous moments where I have decided to just go and see whats happening in this Orchid Garden. Its situated inside Lake Gardens area.
Getting there by motorbike is very versatile and easy as the journey getting there by public transport is going to exhaust you. Taking the car there is no joke as parking is so far from this spot (with limited parking plot, one have to go further away just to get a spot)

Well, I really wanted to get a good fertiliser for my Reed Orchids, those which I had rescued and very much desired to see them bloom. It did took me quite awhile to get there as it was so different from the last time I had been there (well, the last time was like decade ago!)

Those times, there were a lot of garden farmers selling good hybrids for a wholesale prices. Now, I noticed only 4 stalls operating in selling and the prices are not so cheap & limited plants compared to those sold in Sg. Buloh nurseries. Anyway, I did manage to get a powdered fertiliser for my orchids and was told to mix it with 1 liter of water and spray them once a week.
(Still keeping my fingers crossed with high hopes, I had sprayed 2 twice for these 2 weeks)

While inspecting the orchids sold, I found a very familiar plant which I have not seen its bloom.
I asked the vendor about it and she told me that its known as Tiger Orchid & to go up by the stairs and see the plant by the water fountain.

True enough, this great beauty had captured me that I went there again on the next day to get a better picture quality.

I came to know this as Tiger Orchid. Later after "googling" I found that its better known as Giant Orchid, Sugar Cane Orchid or Queen of Orchids.
Imagine seeing the world's largest orchid, one in full bloom. Its considered rare as it blooms 2 - 5 years but the flowers lasts for 2 months. Native in this region growing in lowland tropical rainforest's.
I had few times seen this orchid plant and wondered why anyone what to keep this huge bamboo like sugar cane plant. It does look unattractive when its not it bloom.
But when it bloom, the flower spike is as high as 9 feet the palm trees
(see the 2nd. picture & its background)
The flower is leathery, it had spots and didn't have the lip like those common orchids. The fragrance was so wonderful, not overwhelming but just captivating.

It feels so good to held this orchid flower upon my hand.
Notice the leaves and stalk, it resembles just like a sugarcane plant. If you are around in KL region and about to visit Lake Gardens do take the time to visit this very rare treat. Its considered rare in some parts of the world to see this orchid bloom.
The Orchid Garden (Lake Garden KL) is open from 9am - 6pm.
Free Admission on weekdays except on Sat, Sun & Public Holidays is RM1 per entry.
I will be going there as often as I can to get more pictures.
So hold on to your seats for more of these stunning beauties!


  1. Those three names are so apt for this 'giant orchid', James. The blooms are absolutely gorgeous! I only love orchids in bloom as the plants are not too attractive to me otherwise. Nice that you remembered this garden after ten years ;)

  2. Hey this tiger orchid was not flowering when I was there the last time. Very unique and magnificent flower. The plant looks very strong too. Oh, I hope your fertiliser will give you healthy foliage and lots of pretty blooms in your garden soon. Have a pleasant evening!

  3. Hello James,

    Since I cannot grow orchids outside, I love that I can always enjoy yours. I hope the new orchid fertilizer works for you.

  4. Great photos of an unusual orchid. No wonder you will return. Good luck with your fertilizer.

  5. Thank you all for all the lovely comments.

  6. Janes, this sure is marvelous treat for me! I've never seen one in bloom before though I saw a gigantic clump of this Giant Orchid at Rimba Ilmu Botanical Garden, UM in August. Hope to link your lovely post to my article here: http://www.jaycjayc.com/rimba-ilmu-botanic-garden/ shortly.
    Thanks so much for sharing! Hope your orchids bloom profusely with your newly purchased fertilizer.

  7. Jacq - you are welcome to link my post in your blog. Glad you have enjoyed this post.

  8. Thank you so much for sharing these beautiful pictures. When I grow orchids, I feel close to god as well. I search for photos like this all day long. The tiger orchid is one of the most beautiful orchids around.

    I will be sending these wonderful photos and success stories to other orchid enthusiasts who are close to me.

    Terri A. - California

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  10. Hi James,

    Its really beautiful. Thank you for this, I have a chance to see them bloom. The tiger orchid is one of the most beautiful orchids around.

  11. How exciting it is to see that Giant Orchid in bloom. I love the many spots against the yellow background of the petals. Is the climate perfect there for growing orchids or do you have to take special care to grow them? Walt's wife, Debbie

  12. Dear Mr Missier,

    I work at the Chicago Botanic Garden and we are creating an educational exhibit on Orchids. One of the interpretive panels talks about the largest orchid in the world Grammatophyllum speciosum. You have the BEST picture of the whole plant that I have found. Would it be possible to get a photograph of the whole plant (like I see in your blog) with a large file size? We will credit you however you would require.

    Thank you, from the other side of the world...

    Nancy Snyder
    Chicago Botanic Garden


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