Orchid workshops

Today we are running three workshops on orchids, propagation and conservation with Kitabi students.

Zoe and Heather are training students to sow orchid seed in-vitro.

Tom, Jacob and Amy are running a session on orchid life cycle, ecology and conservation.

Maisha, Georgia, Ike and Devin are delivering a session on the parts of an orchid flower, orchid diversity and comparing the diversity of Rwanda and Nyungwe with the rest of the world.


Taking photos…

group shot
Anyone reading the replies to the previous posts will have noticed Hayley Shackleton, mentioning a number of times that I should remember to take some photos! Well yes, I have been Mum, so you needn’t worry, in fact pretty much all of the group shots have been done by me (tripod and timer on the camera are useful it seems). A number of the other shots that have been posted are by me as well, although the credit for the panorarmas has to go to Devin, whose camera is brillient for the job. We’ve all been dropping our photos onto Simon’s mac so that we all have a backup and can easily find the best photo for a post, this whole process can be quite time consuming so me and Devin have been fairly busy in the evenings chasing people down to download photos from their cameras.


Orchid of the day – Polystachya leonardiana

What a find. This orchid is one of Rwanda’s 61 endemic species (not found in any other country) and it is restricted to montane forest and ericaceous scrub high on Rwanda’s mountains. We found it flowering 200m below the summit of Bigugu on the side of a tree trunk. Polystachyas deserve to be more widely grown with their beautifully patterned flowers. The flowers do tend to look downwards but when they flower just above your head this is a really good trait.