Saturday, March 15, 2014

Morning bash at Titiwangsa mossy forest

Rising before the sun, we drove to an open barren dumping ground doubled up as a parking spot,  marched through a path bordered by tall grasses,  drove away a pack of wild dogs,  waited for the first ray before scrambling up a slope and eventually entering a cool dark mossy forest....

 The ground was soft and moist and littered with terrestrial herbs....

like Medinilla (an epiphyte on fallen branch) - M. clarkei ?

Platanthera angustata, a highland terrestrial orchid - we saw this everywhere but could not get a good flower to photograph.
This one I have absolutely no idea .... is the flower coming from those leaves or it that a saprophyte ?
This ginger with its characteristics stilt roots and erect yellow inflorescence is Geostachys densiflora. It is endemic to the Titiwangsa Range and is deemed vulnerable due to extensive developments.

.... its rather horticultural but alas, a cool grower.
Another cool growing ginger - Camptandra ovata
  Different types of mosses on the ground ....
Hymenophyllum - the familiar filmy ferns of the elfian forest, draping the trunks.
Xiphopterella hieronymusii, a fern confined to montane forests in Peninsula Malaysia and Thailand. I have seen a similar lowland species in Leyte which I should have checked the spore patterns.
Many epiphytic orchids, but only 2 flowering :This one is  Dilochia cantleyi, also confined to highlands....

The inflorescence is really stunning !
A tree trunk full of Coelogynes ....
This one appears to be C. radicosa
And the charming Rhododendron malayanum. This was first described by William Jack from specimens collected in Sumatra - as to why it turned out not to be a "sumatranum" was not known. This widespread Vireya can also be found in the lowlands. 
And this is another mystery plant at the edge of the forest, in more open space. It appears to be some kind of horsetail growing on a tree, or perhaps an aberrant Psilotum nudum - a parasite from mistletoe family (Viscaceae) has also been suggested.
Still unsure what this can be ....

Near  the edge of the forest, we met another lovely Nepenthes sanguinea ....
and its a lady !

Friday, February 14, 2014

I am a weevil in love .....

And I do anything
To get you into my world
And hold you within
Its a right I defend
Over and over again
What do I do?

Barbara Streisand 

..... no wait.....

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Waiting waiting ....

Dole-eyed follower of William and Kate
Always looking so far,
when something good is so near
How I wish she'll kiss me quick
Before I turn back to….
.... oops too late....

Thursday, February 6, 2014

The Toothed Bulbophyllum

Just a reminder of my horrific experience at the dentist today, which left me somewhat short of haemoglobin.

The latin name for this hot growing orchid from Section Cirrhopetalum is Bulbophyllum dentiferum. Many members in this section have highly mobile labellum and flowers arranged like a fan - see for example B. auratum and this one.

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