Rare Orchids

Although for more than a century, botanical researches have been conducted in Thailand, the result of those reports has not included other majot areas of habitats for these rare orchids, such as the forests of the limestone mountains and the evergreen forests in the south. It has been believed that some orchids had been extincted, while some had been discovered for the first time in Thailand. Nowadays, these rare orchids have become lesser due to the poor developments of the forests and the unlawful process of collecting for trade these orchids.

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Liparis bicolor

            A rare epiphyte recently found growing on rocks by streams in evergreen forests on Khao Luang, Nakhon Si Thammarat province. Flowering is in summer.

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Cirrhopetalum skeateanum

            A rare epiphyte found growing on mossy tree trunks in the montane forests on Khao Luang, Nakhon Si Thammarat province. Flowering is in summer.

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Collabium sp

            A rare terrestrial orchid recently found growing in the evergreen forests at Mun Daeng Falls on Phu Hin Rong Kia, Phitsanulok province. Flowering is in the rainy season.

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Bulbophyllum lindleyanum

            A rare epiphyte found growing on mossy tree trunks in montane forests of the southern region. Flowering is in summer.

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Dendrobium primulinum

            An epiphyte with sweet fragrant flowers found growing on tree trunks in deciduous and montane forests throughout the country. Flowering is in summer.

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Amitostima thailandicum

            A new terrestrial orchid only found growing on limestone cliffs at the peak of Doi Chiang Dao, Chiangmai province. Flowering is in the rainy season.

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Calanthe simplex

            A terrestrial orchid with a thickened stem found growing on limestone cliffs at Doi Chang Dao, Chianmai province. Flowering is in the rainy season.

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Grastodia exilis

            A rare saprophytic orchid with an underground tuber and small tube like flowers found growing in montane forest throughout the country. Flowering is in the rainy season.

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Paphiopedilum sukhakulii

            An endemic species found growing in the montane forests on phu Luang , Loei province. Flowering is in winter.

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Habenaria limprichtii

            A rare terrestrial orchid with an underground root-stem tuberoid,found growing in motane forests of the northern region, such as Doi Chiang Dao, Chiangmai province. The plant will bear a new shoot with white flowers in  the rainy season after remaining dormant   underground.

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Coelogyne rochussenii

            An epiphyte found growing in a big clump in montane forests of the southern region. The plant bears very long pendulous inflorescences in the rainy season.

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Arundina  graminifolia

            A common terrestrial orchid with grass-like leaves found growing on hills or by streams in open areas. Theplant flowers all year round.

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