|The flower of my plant is unusually full, until recently|
most Tiger Paw sold had spindly flower segments
|An inflorescence showing the flower arrangement|
|A photo using full sunglight, the upper sepal has been reflexed from its natural position|
|The red toucan key chain serves to give a scale to these inflorescences|
|The plant stayed in this pot until it was ready to bloom|
|The mature plant in its new plastic pot. Note that a relatively small plant is producing three inflorescences|
I find this hybrid is more forgiving of lapses in its care than the elegans parent. However as in all the Grammatophyllums I have, blooming is mostly determined by how well the plant was cared for when the pseudobulbs were growing. When I have helped the plant produce large fat pseudobulbs then blooming is all but assured, spindly and skinny pseudobulbs don’t bloom. My Tiger Paw blooms more reliably than my elegans.
An unexpected thing is tha the inflorescences of my plant are smaller that those of either parent that I have seen locally, maybe it's parents were selected from plants with shorter inflorescences. Its cultural needs are exactly like those of elegans. This orchid seems much more vulnerable to snail and slug damage in its pseudobulbs than elegans and I have found holes eaten in their pseudobulbs made by snails, something that I have never seen either on elegans or scriptum.