An amazing begonia

Sometimes our tropical trips bring us into contact with some really rare plants and Begonia pulcherrima is one of those. Like Impatiens nyungwensis (see July 19th) this begonia is endemic to Nyungwe forest. It is only found in restricted areas in the west of the reserve including the swamp forest around Kamiranzovu where we found it flowering for the first time today.


Workshops with pupils from Byimana School begin

Today’s workshops cover a wide rage of orchid science.

20140721-170948.jpg Orchid anatomy with Geogia, Maisha and Tom includes learning about orchid flowers and designing your own orchid species

20140721-171136.jpg Orchid Laboratory is a workshop run by Zoe and Heather where every Byimana pupil will sow orchid seed using aseptic methods.

20140721-171505.jpg Orchid ecology is a workshop run by Ike, Devin and Jacob looking at orchid life cycle, orchid diversity and some key words used in the description of orchid adaptation.