Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
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
Friday, October 19, 2007
.... and a shy admirer, attracted by the scent or beauty. This is a smallish Phillippines native.
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.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
A new snake, some new orchids and black flowered Apidistra found in Central VietNam.
Nat Geo Website
Monday, October 15, 2007
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
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Monday, October 8, 2007
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....
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 ....