About 24 it turns out. Zoe did her usual trick of finding an interesting orchid under her foot while we were all looking in trees.
The tiny Polystachya growing on a stick that must have recently fallen from the tree above turned out to be Polystachya spatella. Orchid identification with our friends from Kitabi has been great fun and really rewarding.
After over 6 hours of walking up Bigugu (the tallest point in Nyungwe) we were rewarded with a view that stretched for miles and gave a new perspective of the park. The view truly justified the time and effort it took to get to the top, my legs however disagreed.
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.
Today was the first of our workshops training Kitabi staff and students orchid Micropropagation techniques. This picture shows Jacob leading on making up growing media.
Other activities included sterilising scalpels, tweezers and making stock solutions.
The enthusiasm of our Rwandan partners and the brilliant work of the Writhlington team made for a really enjoyable session.
One of the diploma students said of the day: “I am grateful for this opportunity I have had today. It was awesome, I got inspired by you guys. Thanks.”
We have had an amazing day today where we took a group of 12 of Kitabi’s students into Nyungwe. They know there forest very well and we were able to learn a lot, as well as teaching them about the orchids.