The Beautiful Renanthera {renanthera bella}

May 2, 2010 § Leave a comment

The Beautiful Renanthera {renanthera bella}

The Beautiful Renanthera {renanthera bella}

This is a rare orchid that is found in Sabah (north Borneo). It is a hot to warm growing epiphyte at elevations of 400 to 1200 meters. It grows on tree trunks and blooms from fall to summer on an almost horizontal and long inflorescence of about 45 cm, bearing up to 16 red flowers 6 cm across.

Photographed at Kipandi Butterfly Park. It rained while I was there, and I had the pleasure of meeting Linus Gokusing who had a rare orchid specie named after him (Cleisocentron gokusingli). We had a good hour looking through some books. And I am really happy not to have missed this rare orchid in bloom. {next post: a very fragrant orchid.}XX

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