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Sunday, April 24, 2011

Dendrobium crumenatum

Scientific name: Dendrobium crumenatum
Common name: Dove Orchid, Pigeon Orchid, Sparrow Orchid, Bag-shaped orchid

Chinese name: 鴿石斛 (ge shi hu )
Malay name: Orkid /Anggerik Merpati, Orkid / Anggerik Desa, Sakat Harum

Family: Orchidaceae
Origin: Malaysia

Category: Tropical epiphytic orchid
Photo taken at: My home garden

This orchid is commonly found in Malaysia and Singapore where it grows naturally on trees in our tropical rainforests. The flowers are fragrant. You can find this orchid is used in landscaping for planting along roadsides and also grown in gardens as ornamental plants.

You can a this orchid at the University Putra Malaysia (UPM) where the orchid is growing on the trunk of a Raintree (Samanea saman) near the entrance of the main campus. You can also find it growing naturally at the Air Itam Dam and Penang Hill in Penang.

In some states of Malaysia, e.g. Perak and Pahang state, the Pigeon Orchid is associated with spiritual beliefs. The Malay community would plant the orchid in front of their homes, usually near to the entrance door, as a talisman for protection. It is believed that the plant is able to ward off evil forces from entering the house. (Source: Wikipedia)

This is my entry for Today's Flowers # 140, a meme which opens every Sunday, 2pm GMT. My grateful thanks to Today's Flowers team members; Luiz Santili Jr, Denise in Virginia, Laerte Pupo and Sandy Carlson. To participate and view other gorgeous flowers around the world, click here.

1 comment:

  1. aloha,

    love these white denbrobiums with a little hint of color in the throat...nice pic


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