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Saturday 25 August 2012

Habenaria medusa

Habenaria medusa is a lovely orchid whose flowers conjure up images of the spectacular plumage of the beautiful Snowy Egret. The plant is found in Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Borneo, Java, Sulawesi and Sumatra at elevations around 600 meters. They are a potato like tuber which start to grow in Spring, and flower in the Summer. The flowers have now finished blooming which means that the cycle of dormancy will now begin slowly. While the plant dies back it stores all its nutrients back into the tuber for next years growth. It is not easy to grow, but well worth the effort, I mean just look at those flowers!

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