Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Gothica.... or realm of the blue lily

.....Amaryllis Red Lion to be exact, no longer red of course, due to some dabbling with technology. Kids and Plants are intriguing subjects, rich enough to feed many sleepless nights.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Velvet Anthurium

Unknown plant. ID welcome !

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

A limestone jewel

This jewel orchid, Dossinia marmorata is common around the limestone area in Kuching. The area is quite arid and I was quite surprise that it was so abundant we had to avoid stepping on them during our climb. Locals collect quite a bit of them for the horticulture trade too, and one wonders if it will suffer the same fate as Nepenthes northiana, a large pitcher plant from this area which was reduced by over collection and habitat destruction.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Begonia ignorata ?

Got this one years ago - a really difficult one to grow....still no ID and I am not convinced its ignorata....

Friday, October 19, 2007

Hoya pimenteliana

.... and a shy admirer, attracted by the scent or beauty. This is a smallish Phillippines native.

Bulbophyllum medusae

Flowering in a swamp forest in Malaysia. The more remarkable fact was that it was sighted by Peter on the slowly moving jeep and the plant was about 20 metres high nested between dense foliage.

Begonia eiromischa

According to the 2007 IUCN Red List, Begonia eiromischa from Penang is now officaially extinct. Actually, it has been "unofficially" extinct for more than 10 years already as the only stream where it was found was destroyed. If only a collector had salvaged some plants, like Begonia rajah, which was thought to be extinct for many years but existed widely in cultivation.

see link

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

New Plants and Animals Species found in VietNam

A new snake, some new orchids and black flowered Apidistra found in Central VietNam.

Nat Geo Website

Monday, October 15, 2007

A stroll in the woods

Being a holiday, we decided to bring the jeep to Johore for a spin. It was meant to be an easy survey since dad was tagging along, but we got stuck in a muddy, swampy leach heaven with heavy raindrops pouring on us. Dad got bitten for the first time, I was the only one amongst the gang of four which escaped this fate - thanks to my trusty water-proof 3M spray - my socks were soaked with these, hehe.
Here, we were on out way out, going pass a clump of Hanguana malayana (left) - a palm-like plant.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Sleeping with the enemy

Caught a tree frog in the nursery, sleeping with the enemy behind the Philodendron. Its supposed to eat the slug, not sleep with it !

Not too bothered with the attention...

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Unknown Borneo Bulbophyllum

This is an unknown one, a binnendijkii affiliated but has a bob at the end of the petals, which is not noticeable in binnendijkii. Any suggestion are welcome.

Monday, October 8, 2007

Connecticut 2005

Looking at some older photos in the album....this the famed White Flower Farm in Connecticut put on quite an exhibit in Spring time, mei was only 3 years old then, very sulky and quiet most of the time, so different from now....


The unthinkable happened, a Masdevalia blooming in steamy Singapore. Lost the name tag, suggestions welcome !

Bulbophyllum vaginatum

This bunch from a fallen log in Catchment, cooking under the sun and left for dead 5 months back.... until Boon brought them in. What a comeback ! The sudden downpour after a long hot dry spell did the trick it seems. I am sure some right-wing would not approved of taking things out of Catchment ....

Seemania sylvatica - seed grown

A Seemania sylvatica, seed grown, flowers at last after 8 months

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