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Stunning orchid collection donated to Living Rainforest
Eighty-eight new orchids were recently donated to the Living Rainforest by orchid enthusiast Arthur Wyatt of nearby Upper Bucklebury.
The donated orchids include stunning rare species from around the world. Twenty-two species are currently in flower and on show to the public in the Living Rainforest glasshouses.
One of our horticulturalists’ favourites is the Miltonia spectabilis, which smells like sweets – especially when watered. It comes from the highly endangered Brazilian Atlantic Rainforest or ‘Mata Atlantica’, just north of Rio de Janeiro. It is deep purple and lilac in colour and visitors can find it near our cocoa tree.
The Coelogyne (pronounced ‘see-lodge-nee’) massangeana grows on trees in Thailand and Indonesia. Its pendulous and rare yellow and brown blooms only flower in the summer and appear to be strung together like Hawaiian lei. The leaves are very delicate and can be easily burnt in direct sunlight. Visitors can find our Coelogyne massangeana directly in front of them as they enter Amazonica House.
The Brassia rex is one of 35 known species of ‘spider orchid’. Native to tropical America, it grows on trees and has a reputation for being difficult to look after. Our Brassia rex can be found in Lowland, near the Vanilla Orchid Vine.
Visitors keen on seeing the stunning blue Vanda Orchid, from the Himalayas, Australia and New Guinea, can see a beautiful specimen in Lowland.
The Living Rainforest is deeply indebted to Mr Wyatt for his generous donation and hopes to share Mr Wyatt’s love of orchids with over 75,000 visitors each year.
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