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The native orchid Pomatocalpa spicatum now in blossom

March 14, 2011

Two nights ago we received 4 mm of rain. This will probably not disturb our mango production, but may result in flushes of leaves on otherwise flowering trees, and some butterflies and termites may wake up somewhat early.

Many plant species make flowers right now, also the indigenous orchids which aim at having seeds ready when the monsoon rains begin for sure, giving their beloved seedlings a full rainy season for safe establishment.

The latest addition at Dokmai Garden is Pomatocalpa spicatum (Orchidaceae). It is native to most of Thailand’s provinces, and thrives in both dry and wet environments. It is a part of the Corien and Folbert Bronsema Orchid donation.

Pomatocalpa spicatum as seen at Dokmai Garden. Photo: Tropical Gardening School student Jussi Suominen from Turku, Finland.

Read more about the Orchid Ark!

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