Cricket on the flower

May 31, 2010 § Leave a comment

Cricket on the flower

Cricket on Sanchezia speciosa {Family: Acanthaceae}

A cricket hides on a Sanchezia speciosa {Family: Acanthaceae}, a colourful plant. Ants like this plant too. Sanchezia is named for José Sanchez, a nineteenth-century professor of botany at Cadiz, Spain. I like the vivid colours of this plant. The cricket was a good model for this shot. It hardly moved. Photographed at Kipandi Butterfly Park.

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Cleisostoma javanicum (II)

May 30, 2010 § Leave a comment

Cleisostoma javanicum (II)

Cleisostoma javanicum

he Javanese Cleisotoma is found in Java and grows as an epiphyte in low forest at elevations of 700 to 1,600 meters. It is a small sized orchid with a few flowers of 1.5 cm which bloom successively over 2 to 3 days. It is easy to miss this small orchid.

monitor lizard {locally, biawak.}

May 30, 2010 § Leave a comment

monitor lizard {locally, biawak.}

A monitor lizard at Lok Kawi Wildlife Park.

This looks close and it was maybe 10 ft from me. But I was behind a low concrete wall. This lizard is carnivorous and feeds on small birds, rodents and eggs. Photographed at Lok Kawi Wildlife Park, about 20km from Kota Kinabalu city.

proboscis monkey {nasalis larvatus}

May 28, 2010 § Leave a comment

Proboscis monkey

Proboscis monkey {nasalis larvatus} at Lok Kawi Wildlife Park.

Proboscis monkey at Lok Kawi Wildlife Park. They are endemic to Borneo.

the tiger orchid {grammatophyllum speciosum}

May 28, 2010 § Leave a comment

the tiger orchid {grammatophyllum speciosum}

The tiger orchid {grammatophyllum speciosum}.

The Tiger Orchid is at the entrance of Orchid de Villa. This one has been there since around 1995. This thing grows to 3 metres high and weigh a few hundred kgs. (The heaviest record, elsewhere, is 1,000 kgs.)

The Clawed Chelonistele {chelonistele unguiculata carr}

May 28, 2010 § Leave a comment

The Clawed Chelonistele {close-up}

The Clawed Chelonistele {chelonistele unguiculata carr}

The Chelonistele unguiculata carr is found in Brunei and Sarawak, Borneo, in moss forests at elevations of 1100 to 1400 meters. It is a small sized epiphyte and bears 4 to 8 flowers on a 13 cm long inglorescence.  I like the whitish translucent petals.

Flickingeria fimbriata

May 27, 2010 § Leave a comment

Flickingeria fimbriata

Flickingeria fimbriata

The Flickingeria Fimbriatta was named for Edward A. Flinger, a friend of A. D. Hawkes. There are about 75 species in this genus, found in tropical Asia and Australasia. It is an epiphyte with a creeping rhizome, or with branched aerial stems ending in a pseudobulb of 1 node, 1 leafed at the apex. The inflorescences arise from the base of the leaf. Apparently, the flower lasts for a day only.

This photo was taken at Kipandi Butterfly Park, 36km from Kota Kinabalu. The park consist of 3 sections; (1) the netted butterfly enclosure, which is about 15,000 sq ft in area, with 30 to 40 species of butterflies (2) a small insectarium exhibiting 800 species of butterflies and 1,800 species of beetles (3) the flora garden in two enclosures, a joint conservation project with the Sabah Wildlife Department. They house some 400 species of orchids, 15 species of nepenthes (pitcher plant) and 28 species of Hoyas. The plants are collected in the wild. The ranger there is most helpful + reference books are available.

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