Tiger Orchid or Orkid Harimau Malaysia

Tiger Orchid Malaysia Orkid Harimau

In Malaysia, the Tiger Orchid or Orkid Harimau is the largest and rare flowering species found throughout Malaysia and Southeast Asia. It is also one of the most beautiful orchids to some collectors.

Having told tales that someone grew a tiger orchid for 10 years and never did flower once, it smiled at me when the species I bought many years ago in the 90s and grew it for two years before eventual flowering. Not once, but twice.

Tiger Orchid or Orkid Harimau Malaysia

Tiger Orchid Grammatophyllum speciosum
A Tiger Orchid in Indonesia

This species of giant orchid is also called Grammatophyllum speciosum and is found mainly throughout Southeast Asia. You can find them in countries like the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei and Borneo Island. 

They also go by various names, which include;

  • Giant Orchid
  • Tiger Orchid
  • Sugar Cane Orchid
  • Queen of the Orchids

Wikipedia also claims that the tiger orchid is native to Indonesia and holds the Guinness world record for the world’s tallest orchid species. The record was measured to a whopping 25 feet in height or seven meters tall.

These beautiful massive orchids are best in the ground and can get really large. The picture of the tiger orchid above was taken in Sabah Borneo and at the Rainforest Discovery Center in Sandakan. At times, these tiger orchids are seen growing on trees too. 

Malaysia Tiger Orchid
Close up of the Tiger Orchid flower. Image by Wikipedia.


Over in Peninsular Malaysia, I have also visited Berjaya Hills Resort and picture a huge tiger orchid bush with many flowers. There must have been at least 50 stalks in that huge bush, and at least three bushes were seen. 
Apart from the one I have growing in my mother’s house, I have yet to buy another tiger orchid or Orkid Harimau in Malaysia as I would like to grow another. Do you own a tiger orchid? Do share your experience with it in the comment form below.

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