Orchid of the day – Calanthe sylvatica


Two photos of this stunning terrestrial. We found it in swampy woodland on the edge of Kamiranzovu. It is about time the word ‘swamp’ was reclaimed as a good thing and its negative connotations forgotten. In Kamiranzovu today no one sunk without trace, no one was attacked by a mysterious swamp monster and we were surrounded by amazing plants and wildlife. Please do your bit to support the conservation of the world’s threatened wetlands or should I say swamps.


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  1. david hughes says:

    another lovely image . how interesting that our exotic is their every day . i wonder what the reverse is ? i wonder if dandelions and stinging nettles would float their boat ?

    • Simon Pugh-Jones says:

      Not there everyday actually. These orchids are restricted to threatened swamp forests but the work of Kitabi and the Nyungwe national park is helping to protect these rare jewels – great if we can do our little bit to help 🙂

  2. Annie pj says:

    Lovely photos of beautiful orchids as there isn’t a name do you know what they are??
    I’m sure you will have worked that out by now!!
    I’m loving the blog.

  3. Theo says:

    Hello Simon,

    I’m surprised and glad about the on going activities.