May 27, 2010 § Leave a comment
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.