Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Dove Orchid


I have just noticed that our Dove Orchid, Dendrobium crumenatum, has flowered again, although there are now only a few blooms left. This beautiful little orchid is found growing naturally on tropical trees in parts of Asia and flowers when there is a drop in temperature, usually associated with rain - and yes, two nights ago it was quite cool and rainy! The blooms are about 3-4 cm across and only last for a couple of days.

The Malay people believe it is a talisman against evil and often plant one near their front door, something we didn't realise when we 'planted' ours alongside this tree-fern ... near our front door! Touch wood, to date it seems to have been working!
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