I have fallen in love with orchids since I was in my teen for more than a quarter of a century already. My favourite species is the Phalaenopsis Bellina. Back then it was easily available around the foothills and surrounding virgin forest in my village. It is getting rarer now in the wild because it's natural habitat is steadily being destroyed by rampant logging and palm oil planting activities. Phalaenopsis Bellina is locally known as Orkid Lundu because it is very common in Lundu district. The Salako Bidayuh termed it as Kambang Alo.
There are two species; one with elongated leaves and the other rarer and much sought after one with an almost rounded leaves. Due to it's popularity, it was later named as Orkid Normah; after the name one of Sarawak Governor's wife. How conveniently easy huh!
I consider myself a full time orchid hobbyist not because I earned money from them but because the beauty of orchids make me really appreciate the wonders of creation and the beauty of nature. In orchids I find serenity and peace. Full time hobbyist I say because ever since I fell in love with orchids, there is not a day that I will not take at least five minutes "communicating" and tendering them unless I am not at home.
During my early years with orchids, I met with a lot of failures on how to plant and nurture them successfully. Slowly, after learning from other orchid hobbyists and through reading books and on-line articles, there is now quite a bit I can share about orchids amongst other wannabe orchid hobbyists. By my own measure, comparing myself then and now, I consider myself as a much refined orchid hobbyist thanks to my patience that goes with it.
I have a few dozen orchid plants which are now mostly matured and in bloom. Yes, what a satisfaction after so many years of "trials and tribulations" with planting orchids.
Below are some pictures of my orchids in bloom if readers may appreciate them.
This is my bulbopyllum claptonence; this one is taken from the wild of Kapit, given to me by my brother-in-law.
This is not an orchid at all. They call it Bunga Tali Kasut locally but I remember an elderly naming it Bunga Ekor Tikus. Argh...whatever...!
This one, my jewel. Phalaenopsis Bellina aka Orkid Lundu aka Orkid Normah. The Salako Bidayuh calls it Kambang Alo.