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The native Thai orchid Coelogyne brachyptera in blossom!

March 13, 2011

Coelogyne brachyptera (Orchidaceae) is new to Dokmai Garden. In fact, it was part of the Corien and Folbert Bronsema orchid donation, but somehow this one escaped our plant catalogue until it made its large marzipan-green flowers with its peculiar black tufts of hair. Its wooden basket is already embraced by a Mucuna sloanei (horse-eye bean) so it can not be moved, and visitors to Dokmai Garden need to go inside the nursery to behold this novelty.

Yesterday we had two tropical gardening school students, five Bangkokian visitors, and two Chiang Mai visitors. Lots of fun and discussions. We have planted Origanum vulgare and Salvia officinalis in the European section, but not yet included them in our plant catalogue, as we do not know if they will survive the rainy season. Lavender (Lavandula sp.) and laurel (Laurus nobilis) did not, but rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), myrtle (Myrtus communis), olive (Olea europaea) and mediterranean fig (Ficus carica) does.

Eric Danell

The Coelogyne brachyptera orchid is native to the forests of northern and northeastern Thailand.

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  1. October 12, 2012 9:56 PM

    Hi,
    I am wondering if the common Fig (Ficus carica) produces any crops there in Thailand. if so does it produce one crop only or 2 (one on the previous year’s wood and another on the new growth later in the season) and when. Also does it go dormant for a while or is it growing all year round?
    I read in fig forums that figs need dormancy to produce, but I am not sure of those claims.

    • October 14, 2012 6:46 AM

      Dear Stefano,

      Yes, the common fig produces fruit here, also at Dokmai Garden. It is still a novelty but I predict it will be seen commonly in the future.

      I did not keep track of when they fruit but I will – await upcoming blogs!

      Here at DG we try to follow the seasons, but in the Mediterranean section where we grow plants in elevated flower beds (such as this fig), we water in the cold dry season (November-February) but not in the hot dry season (March-April), allowing a moment of rest.

      Cheers, Eric

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