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Arundina graminifolia

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    This is one of the most common terrestrial orchids of our highlands. Any one driving up or travelling by bus to our hill stations like the Cameron Highlands,or Fraser's Hill will see fields of these by the roadside, road shoulders and any on cleared land bordering the roads. They grow in abundance on the cleared land right up to the edge of the forest. They are sun lovers and will grow on any land above 2000 feet that is open to the full sun. Their cattleya-like flowers are often mistaken by the uninitiated to be members of the cattleya family. They are sequential bloomers and may keep on flowering from the same spike for months. Many of the spikes are branched. However the flowers last only a few days.

    On a recent trip to the Cameron Highlands I found a colony of Arundina next to a housing estate bordering a strip of land that had been cleared for a future housing project. Among the plants were a few that had larger than normal flowers measuring nearly 3 inches across. This colony with a few hundred plants has some really healthy plants; many of which were more than 6 feet tall.
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    Outside the house of one of the residents living next to the field of Arundina I saw this well-grown Arundina planted along the driveway of his house. He must obviously have collected and transplanted this selected plant from his 'backyard'.
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    What a showy bloom!

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    love these and easy to see why it might be confused with a catt, beautiful to see it growing wild like this

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    lovely wild orchids

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    lovely. sad to hear that these would be cleared for housing project. hope someone would rescue them and rehome them

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    Nice to see them in-situ. Thanks for sharing Yew Sung.
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    I think there are so many color variations most of them are very pretty including the above photos I love the most is all petals are purple rare but awesome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zainal abidin View Post
    I think there are so many color variations most of them are very pretty including the above photos I love the most is all petals are purple rare but awesome.
    I have never seen the all purple type. Should be awesome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by catttan View Post
    I have never seen the all purple type. Should be awesome.
    I saw few times on the way to Loging but the plant is very tall and tough if you are very lucky you will see it.

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