Saturday, December 13, 2008

If you are observant you'll see the pigeon orchids (Dendrobium crumenatum; anggerek merpati) make their appearance during this time of year. They are a lovely sight, these wonderful sprays of white shy blooms. Very lightly scented, they look very much like small little pigeons in flight. You'll find them dancing in clusters, often hanging onto large branches or tree trunks.

They are really very shy, and fade quickly within a day or two. So if you don't catch them soon, you will miss them.

I really don't know what forces them into bloom. I know they have lovely showings a couple of times a year. Perhaps its the rain and strong sunshine.

I have a bunch in the garden and was very very pleasantly surprised by their presence this morning.

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