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This is a discussion on Wild orchids within the The Jungle forums, part of the Land Plants category; You're right, Zainal - that white terrestrial orchid is Habenaria sumatrana as identitfied by R ...

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    You're right, Zainal - that white terrestrial orchid is Habenaria sumatrana as identitfied by R E Holttum in his Flora of The Malay Peninsula and now also known as Peristylis holttumii. I used to find them at the foot of Gunung Jerai and they were quite common in old rubber estates in the 1960s and 1970s here in Kedah esp in Sungai Petani and around Pokok Sena. I remember I once joined a Hash House Harrier Run in Jabi near Pokok Sena in the early 1970s and had to run through fields of them in bloom in a rubber estate. I really felt very guilty having to trample down some of them while running. An orchid friend from Sungai Petani, the late Mr Lau also had hordes of them growing in his rubber estate. Alas, the sight of fields of Habenaria sumatrana is now only a memory, as subsequent replantings and extensive use of herbicides in rubber estates have all but wiped out these colonies. I have not seen them in the wild or in collections for more than 25 years. You must consider yourself lucky to find them. Like the other Habenarias they die down after flowering, leaving behind their dormant underground 'tubers' until the next growing season. Thanks Zainal for posting pictures of one of my favourite wild orchids. I'm as excited as you over your find. I hope you take a few home to plant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lanhua View Post
    Zainal, what about Dendr. rupicola?
    Hi Mietek you nailed it thanks for the ID I really appreciate it.

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    You're right, Zainal - that white terrestrial orchid is Habenaria sumatrana as identitfied by R E Holttum in his Flora of The Malay Peninsula and now also known as Peristylis holttumii. I used to find them at the foot of Gunung Jerai and they were quite common in old rubber estates in the 1960s and 1970s here in Kedah esp in Sungai Petani and around Pokok Sena. I remember I once joined a Hash House Harrier Run in Jabi near Pokok Sena in the early 1970s and had to run through fields of them in bloom in a rubber estate. I really felt very guilty having to trample down some of them while running. An orchid friend from Sungai Petani, the late Mr Lau also had hordes of them growing in his rubber estate. Alas, the sight of fields of Habenaria sumatrana is now only a memory, as subsequent replantings and extensive use of herbicides in rubber estates have all but wiped out these colonies. I have not seen them in the wild or in collections for more than 25 years. You must consider yourself lucky to find them. Like the other Habenarias they die down after flowering, leaving behind their dormant underground 'tubers' until the next growing season. Thanks Zainal for posting pictures of one of my favourite wild orchids. I'm as excited as you over your find. I hope you take a few home to plant.
    Thanks Yew I'm really touching to your story back to your 1960 to 1970 impossible for me the younger generations to see all those wonderful moments and sweet memories only you can tell us and share your past experience that so valuable which cannot buy with any single cents/dollar, I really appreciate that you gave the ID of this cool species that you never seen for the past 25 years I only took one clump as most of the existing plants carried so many seed pods wish one day when you go again to Gunung Jerai I'm hoping you will be proud and smile after see them growing in a nice manner.

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    This wonderful jewel orchids still can be found here though the flower so small white color but the foliage's really beautiful here is Anoectochilus species.
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    I never seen this Bulbophyllum species first time seen in the jungle looks like airborne type as the bottom psedobulb has no roots.
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    After few months small flower arising from the base of th bulb has 3 petals and small flower so cute, would be very happy if some one can give the ID.Thanks.
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    Zainal, this Bulbophyllum, belong to the Section Macaranthes. I'll ask my friend for ID.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lanhua View Post
    Zainal, this Bulbophyllum, belong to the Section Macaranthes. I'll ask my friend for ID.
    Thanks Mietek looking forward for it.

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    Hi Zain, that is a Epicranthes, others treat it as Bulbophyllum. That is another spectacular one, plenty of undescribed ones out there, good luck with the id!

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    Me again,
    Jim Cootes knew it, it's common name is B.cheiropetalum.

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    Ron, you are right I've made mistake and the ID of Jim is correct. It's Bulbophyllum cheiropetalum from the section Epicaranthes. This ID I've got from my friend, who I think, has the largest, in Europe, Bullbophyllum collection.

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    A very pretty bulbo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by walingwaling View Post
    Hi Zain, that is a Epicranthes, others treat it as Bulbophyllum. That is another spectacular one, plenty of undescribed ones out there, good luck with the id!

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    Me again,
    Jim Cootes knew it, it's common name is B.cheiropetalum.
    Ron thank you very much for the ID well this is very unusual Bulbo or Epicranthes will make some reference later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lanhua View Post
    Ron, you are right I've made mistake and the ID of Jim is correct. It's Bulbophyllum cheiropetalum from the section Epicaranthes. This ID I've got from my friend, who I think, has the largest, in Europe, Bullbophyllum collection.
    Thanks Mietek for helping me and give positive hope.

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