Doll’s powderpuff on Doi Inthanon
Earlier today I had the pleasure of visiting Doi Inthanon national park together with David Fielder from Edmonton, Canada. Above 2000 meters we saw flowers of e.g. Anneslea fragrans (Theaceae), Rhododendron arboreum (Ericaceae), Dendrobium infundibulum (Orchidaceae) and Pleione praecox (Orchidaceae). A new encounter was the semiparasitic and uniquely Thai (endemic) Pedicularis thailandica (Scrophulariaceae).
We also heard the Pygmy Wren-babbler and photographed Gould’s sunbird. The mushroom season is still at its peak and the metallic blue beetle Enoplotrupes sharpi (Scarabaeidae) occurred in great numbers.
In the roadside lowlands beyond the pine belt we saw the last flowers of Habenaria malintana (Orchidaceae). It is well worth the effort to bring a tripod when visiting Doi Inthanon!
Cyanotis vaga (Commelinaceae) is a common but nonetheless charming plant. Due to the remarkable stamens it is sometimes called ‘doll’s powderpuff’. It is found from sea level up to the highest mountains in Thailand. We saw it in the alpine meadow at 2200 meters elevation.
Text & Photo: Eric Danell, Dokmai Garden