Sabah Wild Orchid – Rothschild’s Slipper Orchid

Discover the Undiscovered Sabah’s rainforest is blessed with an astonishing variety of flora. According to the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Environment Sabah, this state is home to the world’s most diversified natural wonder, especially in its collection of wild orchids. On Mount Kinabalu alone, more than 870 wild orchid species can be found. What makes it truly special is the fact that it is also home to the most expensive orchid in the world. This wild orchid species is a truly hidden gem of nature endemic to the Kinabalu Park and not to be found in any other state. World Recognition, Most Expensive Meet the world’s most valuable and rare orchid species, Paphiopedilum Rothschildianum or also known as Rothschild’s Slipper Orchid. The Guinness Book of World Records has acknowledged Rothschild’s Slipper Orchid as the world’s most expensive orchid. It is in fact the world’s most expensive flower, whereby each stem of this orchid can be worth up to USD5,000! Due to its high value, it is considered as the most iconic and horticulturally sought after species amongst the orchid enthusiast. An Orchid with Many Names Rothschild’s Slipper Orchid has quite a few names. Local Sabahan people call it the Sumazau Orchid as the petals of the flower resemble the outspread arms of a Sumazau dancer performing the popular traditional Sumazau Kadazan dance of Sabah. It has also earned the nickname Gold of Kinabalu for its high value and rarity, difficult to find even in the Kinabalu National Park.   One of a Kind Beauty Undeniably expensive, Rothschild’s Slipper Orchid is stunning and exquisitely beautiful. The thin stem of...

A Treasure Trove Of Wild Orchids

Malaysia Wild Orchid - An Introduction Based on research done by Orchid of Malaya Organization, Malaysia is home to more than 3,000 species of wild orchids. It grows beautifully in high altitudes scattered across the luscious mountain rain-forest. Areas that are known to harbour large varieties of wild orchids are the mountain ridges, summits and valleys. A major contribution to its vigorous growth is the climate conditions of the Malaysian mountains where it is typically characterized as receiving very heavy rainfall throughout the year without experiencing any extended dry seasons. This ideal climatic situation allows it to be a treasure trove housing many exotic species of the Malaysian wild orchids. Wild orchid is a unique species of flora and fauna that nature has to offer. It has its own unique identity in its very own structure of flower. Some of the flower’s structures may be tiny and singular while others are fairly extended comprising of numerous blossoms. One of the most distinctive characteristic of a wild orchid not apparent in other orchids is the presence of the ‘pseudo bulbs’. It has a shape which resembles a small bulb situated at the base of the plant. In general this observation could be one of the ways to recognize it as it is a unique trait belonging to only wild orchids. Stunning with an unspoken rareness, wild orchids can be undeniably beautiful. The wild orchid is renowned for its undeniable exquisite beauty, unique attractiveness, exotic shape and vibrant colours. Other flowers pale in comparison when compared against its delicate beauty and elegance. What makes it even more precious and rare is...

Adeniums And Terrarium Workshop – FLORIA Lifestyle October Edition Program Highlights

Serving a wide range of Adeniums with myriads of colours that are enchanting, graciously awaits visitors to the October edition of FLORIA Lifestyle program at Anjung Floria, Precinct 4, Putrajaya from 30 October to 1 November 2015. Amongst the many types of Adenium which will be on display and for sale are Thailand’s famous Adenium varieties, the Socotranum and Desert Rose. As well as Somalian Adenium selections, the King Somalense, Mixed black and more such as the Anaconda, Adenium Big Head Family and Grafted Adenium is anticipated to enthral visitors, especially Adenium enthusiasts. Although the Adenium is the event’s theme, there are also roses, orchids, topiary, fruit saplings, terrariums, fertilisers, composts and gardening paraphernalia for sale. In addition to providing a wide range of shopping for home decor and gardens, FLORIA Lifestyle also offers a variety of attractions and activities for visitors. Among them is a Terrarium Workshop provides an opportunity for visitors to learn ‘hands-on’ the methods to fashion a terrarium with their own creativity. Furthermore and not to be missed, Ms. Rozita Hamid, a Landscape Architect, will conduct the ‘Decorative Garden For Home’ talk. She will provide comprehensive guidance to visitors who are interested in setting up an decorative garden for small spaces in their home. In line with the FLORIA Lifestyle concept of wholesome family fun in a garden setting, we also organised a number of entertainment shows such as acoustic performances by Acoustic band, Dikir Barat by Balong Mas Troupe of Precinct 9 Community and Zumba “dancexercise”, all to add to the gaiety of the event.   Organized by the Putrajaya Floria Sdn Bhd (PFSB),...

ADENIUMS – Beauty In Strength

In the melodic words of Sting, an English recording artist “I dream of rain I dream of gardens in the desert sand I wake in pain I dream of love as time runs through my hand I dream of fire……………………………………… Sweet desert rose This memory of Eden haunts us all This desert flower, this rare perfume Is the sweet intoxication of the fall” (Dessert Rose- Sting, Album – Brand New Day 1999) Encapsulates the essence of the Adeniums or more commonly known as the ‘Desert Rose’ - through all the hardships that one faces, the only thing that gives hope is that one beautiful memory that prevails above all challenges and would give one the strength to carry on. Just as the lyrics captures the spirit of Adeniums so thus the real flower that inspires it. Native to the harsh environs of arid regions of South and East Africa, Arabian Peninsula and dessert regions of the Americas. With blooms of pinkish-fuchsia petals and white with red and highlights. Hence the moniker “desert rose” came about. Adenium Obesum Light PinkAdenium Obesum Light PinkAdenium Obesum Light PinkAdenium Obesum Light PinkAdenium Obesum Light Pink   Adenium is a genus in the family of Apocynaceae and have almost 12 species. A close relative to the Frangipani, a Plumeria sub genus. The difference between the two stocks is that, the Adenium has smaller leaves and a swollen base trunk. The most popular species is Adenium Obesum. Some others are Adenium Crispum, Adenium Somalense and Adenium Multiflorum. Many are hybrids. Hybrids are mainly from Taiwan and Thailand with layered petals of different colour tone with...

FLORIA Lifestyle October 2015

FLORIA Putrajaya Sdn. Bhd. is proud to present the FLORIA Lifestyle October edition at Anjung FLORIA this 30th October to 1st November 2015. As we are all aware that we are experiencing hazy conditions for the past few weeks and everyone are seemed to be depressed by the lack of sunshine and clear skies. Fret not as it is forecasted that the skies are clearing and the air is bearable again come tis mid-October and hopefully everyone can step outside and enjoy the outdoors once more. What better way to celebrate the outdoors with us at the FLORIA Lifestyle event and bask in the full FLORIA glory! The theme flower of this event will aptly be the sturdy and hardy Adenium or better known as the Desert Rose. Lending from the spirit of the Adenium, a rare and high value succulents that grows natively in sub-Saharan conditions of Africa, where conditions can be extreme yet the Adenium prevails. And when it blooms into a multi-florum of pinkish-fuchsia petals and white with red and dark blue highlights. A riot of colours erupt! Just as what we wish to bring with our FLORIA Lifestyle event this October, to raise the spirits from the gloom of haze that we all suffered in the past weeks. By Pinus (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons As with the previous FLORIA Lifestyle event, there will be myriads of things to do, from floral exhibitions and sale of gardening products to arts and crafts and fashion wear, activities for the children, food trucks and fruit stalls serving for every palate imaginable. In short there...

Wild Scented Orchid, Rhyncostylish Lawreacea On Show At FLORIA Lifestyle

A wide variety of orchids, including rare orchids, awaits visitors at the FLORIA Lifestyle program at Anjung Floria, Precinct 4, Putrajaya in conjunction with the 58th Independence Day celebrations from 28 to 31 August 2015. Among the orchids on display and for sale are Rhyncostylish lawreacea, a rare, scented wild orchid that resembles an insect and only blooms once a year. In addition, orchids such as Angreacum lamforde ‘Beauty’, Oncidium ‘Sharry Baby’, Aranda broga ‘Giant’, Vanda ‘Mimi Palmer’, and specially named orchids like Dendrobium Ghafar Baba and Dendrobium Dr. Siti Hasmah are expected to attract visitors, particularly the orchid enthusiast. Angreacum Lamforde 'Beauty'Aranda Broga 'Giant'Oncidium 'Sharry Baby' Rhyncostylish LawreaceaVanda 'Mimi Palmer' Although this month’s program is themed Orchids, there will also be an abundance of bonsai, topiary, fruit seedlings, terrarium, fertiliser, compost and gardening equipment on sale. In addition to the promise of fun in the sun with family and friends in a garden setting, FLORIA Lifestyle also offers a variety of gifts to visitors through quizzes and activities. Children will also get to know pets like rabbits, cats, hedgehogs and musang pandan in the Petting Zoo and also a photo opportunity with snakes. Organised by Putrajaya Floria Sdn Bhd (PFSB), FLORIA Lifestyle is conceptualised as a Mini FLORIA program that will be celebrated with various sales of landscape and horticultural products, fresh fruits from FAMA, handicrafts, e-vendors and activities and other interesting programs throughout the ongoing program. The public is invited to enjoy offerings at the FLORIA Lifestyle program for 4 days when it opens 28 to 31 August 2015 from 9:30 am - 9:30 pm (Friday -...

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