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Wild orchids making a comeback

This is a discussion on Wild orchids making a comeback within the The Jungle forums, part of the Land Plants category; I'm not sure if this post belongs to this thread. I took a few pictures ...

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    Default Wild orchids making a comeback

    I'm not sure if this post belongs to this thread. I took a few pictures while I was on vacation recently which I think might be of interest.

    The first picture shows an area right smack in the middle of the area surrounded by our apartmemnt blocks comprising the admin office and clubhouse and the children's playground, covering an area approximately 12,000 sq feet.The outer perimeter of this area is planted with about 35 Chinese junipers. This picture was taken in 2007 from the balcony of our apartment on the 4th Floor.At the time there were just mosses and a few epiphytes growing on the junipers. 5 years on, most of the trunks were covered with an assortment of mosses and ferns....and orchids. It just goes to show how fecund our climate and environment is - even with human intervention (this housing area was carved out from virgin jungle) nature has begun to recolonise the area. My friend and I counted 6 different orchid species in this small area: 2 different species of Oberonia, a Dendrobium, 2 NOID monopodials and a NOID Chilochista.

    BTW our area lies in a valley and the surrounding hills and jungle are still undisturbed. Let's hope hey remain undeveloped for some time to come.
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    Re pictures in my post

    #1 Clubhouse and Children's Playground
    #2 NOID Monopodial with withered blooms
    #3 Another colony of above - looking very much Doritis but definitely not.
    #4 The only Dendrobium here.

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    Good to see this

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    Here are more pictures - all of which show Oberonia. Another Oberonia with longer leaves( most probably O lunata) about 6-8 inches long which we saw on the first day there, had disappeared when I was ready to photograph it a few days later. I couldn't find the tree that held 2 leafless Chilochista when I went to photograph them; not easy to find as they are leafless.

    The blooms of the Oberonia are most probably those of O padangensis, a species common in the Cameron Highlands. Many of them were blooming/spiking or had just finished blooming. From the many old flower spikes on the plants it seem that this species is quite free flowering. Btw the flower spikes measured 2-3 inches on small plants to about a foot long on the bigger plants.I didn't detect any smell on the blooms but it is supposed to smell like mushrooms. Individual flowers are very tiny, about 2mm.
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    Wow I like the tube type orchid in the last set of pics. It is very unusual. I love to hear stories where nature is fighting back and winning.

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    How lovely!

    I did see a lot blooming Oberonia in Cameron Highlands. That was in May. Do they bloom year around?

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    You must had a great vacation Yew: you certainly enjoyed walking araund and watching orchids in situ :I) Tnx for sharing!

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    wow,,,,,,,great pics

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lizgeo View Post
    How lovely!

    I did see a lot blooming Oberonia in Cameron Highlands. That was in May. Do they bloom year around?
    I'm not sure. These are blooming in mid-Sept. and the older spikes indicate that they must have been blooming a few weeks earlier too.I remember seeing them in bloom on my previous visits at various times of the year and this would indicate that they do bloom throughout the year.

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    Those are wonderful! Thanks for sharing your vacation.

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