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Saturday, August 28, 2010

Arundina graminifolia {the bamboo orchid}

Arundina graminifolia {bamboo orchid}
Subfamily: Epidendroideae Tribe: Arethuseae Subtribe: Bletiinae
Genus: Arundina Species: A. graminifolia Common name: Bamboo orchid.

Photographed at Kipandi Butterfly Park, 36 km from Kota Kinabalu. They line the surrounds of the parking area there, and along the walkways and hedges in the park.
{Some information is available on Wikipedia} The bamboo orchid is a species of orchid and the sole of the genus Arundina. This tropical Asiatic genus extends from India, Nepal, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, South China to Indonesia and across the Pacific Islands. It has been introduced in Puerto Rico, Costa Rica and Panama. This is a terrestrial multi perennial orchid with reedy stems, forming into large clumps growing to a height between 70 cm and 2 m. The flowers are 5 to 8 cm, lilac / white with a purple lip. They bloom in summer and autumn. They are almost extinct in Singapore, but in Borneo, they grow abundantly in the rainforest.