Skip to content

A beauty at a second look

May 15, 2011

The small flowers of Callostylis rigida look quite modest, and when taking the picture below I was balancing on a ladder, more focused on safety than the object itself. Back at the computer I realized how sweet this flower is, tastefully decorated with a palette worthy an autumn fashion show.

Her shyness resides up in trees in Southeast Asia, but unfortunately there is a great risk she would be killed by loggers or taken prisoner by orchid thieves. If you wish to preserve her charm, do like Mr Bill Peake in Chiang Mai, make a donation to the Orchid Ark!

Flowers of the genus Eria are often united by a hairy appearance (‘erion’ means ‘wool’ in Greek) and an inflorescence arising from a cavity in the stem. Recent molecular studies have indicated members of Eria do not share one ancestor (they are ‘polyphyletic’), and genera such as Callostylis described 180 years ago have been resurrected. According to Kew Garden’s Plant List Eria discolor should be treated as Callostylis rigida. This native Callostylis rigida is currently in blossom at Dokmai Garden, Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Text & Photo: Eric Danell

Advertisements
No comments yet

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: