Roths at Sabah (ex-situ)

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I just came back from a wonderful trip to Sabah. Covered Kinabalu Park, with the botanic garden within, Kundasang and Poring Orchid Centre. Lots of wild local species, many endemics. I was fortunate enough to arrive during the start of the roth flowering season. In 2-3 weeks time there might be a lot more in bloom, as well as many Coelogyne species, which are in spike now.

Temperatures during daytime until midnight ranged from 28-33 degrees C. In the early mornings (I think between 2-6am), temperature suddenly drops to around 15 degrees C, only for a few hours. Currently, it is the dry season, but still the rocks were covered in mosses. I am not sure how often the orchids are watered in the shadehouses, as I didn't see any irrigation systems installed.

First, at Kundasang war memorial (Borneo garden):

A lowii with roths planted on the ground. These plants were the most established. The roths were in full shade at one end:






In spike:






 

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Then at Poring Orchid Centre..









I almost screamed aloud when I saw this bed of monster roths! :p


Thickness of the old spikes:





Variability in roth flowers. Some had downswept petals at a 45 degree angle. One particular plant looked almost like a Susan Booth but with less twisty petals. All of these wild roths have a yellow background. I did not see any with a white background on the dorsal and synsepal.





 

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What amazing photos. Thanks for posting them. I like that last roth clone.

I wished I lived in a climate where I could grow my roths in the garden bed.
 

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like I mentioned on the post Montri shared on FB- I love the wild roth look:clap:
 
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Awesome pictures. and interesting to see the variation in these "wild" roths! Are they getting hand pollinated? It looks like there are tags on the flower stems?

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pretty awesome pictures you took. Thanks for broadening my horizons . Just unbelievable that these giant guys can just be mounted into the ground without signs of rot. So amazing. I am thinking if I do the same I am just killing my entire collection
 

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the first thing i did after seeing these was to run downstairs to see how my plants compare!!

my leaves overall are a little cleaner with only occasional brown fungal spotting like these have, but one thing i noticed was the Borneo plants do not show a whole lot of brown leaf tips/leaf die-back from the tips (i believe also fungal in nature) , which is something i always struggle with.

but for me both symptoms are more seasonal in spring/fall...
 

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I've tried to pot my roths higher than the media like that before, but I end up with 1" fried root nubs... Nothing compares with natural habitat and climate. Awesome pics, thanks so much for sharing
 

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Beautiful pictures and very educational.
Jean: I recall a friend who visited Kinabalu Mont told me that Paph rotschildianum grew in granular volcanic lava rock. Probably hier it is lava rock with a little leaves mould.
 

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