The internet is fixed, I survived the Inquisition (the visit to the dentist) and the sun is shining again. Hence, I shall steer away from by series of “horror” inspired posts and post titles of late and instead have something so bright and sunshiny that it would make Edward Cullen sparkle like the Hope diamond.
Just before the dark clouds rolled in last week, I went to the Floral Festival at Putrajaya (Malaysia’s new administrative hub). As far as flower shows go, I have seen many which were much better but having said that, I thought that much effort had gone into organising it and it was much better than I had feared. The parts of the show that relied heavily on flower arrangement and human creativity was really sad but where the landscape was given to just simply showcasing the natural beauty of the flowers, it was wonderful.
Now obviously, there were lots to feast the eyes on but for me, one of the clear highlights was the exhibition of orchids. I do not know nearly enough about orchids as I would want. Although my mother was a fervent orchid planter in her younger days, I never learned anything beyond the basics which consisted primarily of the colloquial names of some of the plants such as “Lady’s Slipper” and “Spanish Dancer”.
Orchids may sound exotic but some species of orchid is found in almost every part of the world and is considered to be the second largest family of flowering plants. Asia probably has the most number of species of orchids and in Malaysia many species can be found i the jungle including terrestrial and epiphytic types.
Anyway, once again words seem to be getting in the way of my attempt at a photographic post. So let me just cut to the chase and introduce you to some Slipper Orchids (Cypripedioidea,). They are unusual because the flowers possess a pouch which traps insects and forces them to exit by pollinating the flower. There are 5 genera but the Paphiopedilum genus is found primarily in South East Asia.