Bromheadia finlaysonianum – 365 days of orchids – day 1049

Today’s orchid of the day is one we found abundantly on the rocky plateau of Bako National Park. The habitat here is karangas or heath forest with very little soil and scrub dominated by Erica species.

The small trees had a number of Dendrobium and bulbophyllum species but Bromheadia finlaysonianum is a terrestrial with a stiff pride drum like stem about a 80cm tall topped by a thin flower spike which clearly produces lots of short lived flowers over a long period. We saw lots of buds just opening (possibly for night pollination) some with a rare pink colour.

The species is sometimes grown as a tropical garden plant and is one I would like to get to know better.

Today we will visit the Dendrobium anosmum reintroduction area and hope to see Orangutang.


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