If a pretty lady by the name of Orchid tempts you with this question, " Will you love me?", think a zillion time.
Was it not Confucius ( circa 551-479 B.C.) who said:
' The tse-lan grows in the valleys and does not withhold its fragrance even though it is not appreciated by man'.
( Note: ' tse-lan ' is the Chinese name for the Cymbidium orchid species)She may be called the Queen of the Jungle, a Dancing Lady and blooms in colours of white to black or acquire the rarest and seductive scent of a wildly sexy lady but hold your breath. Before you pluck your bravery and sink or soar your life with her , think of these things:
" You can get off alcohol, drugs, women, food, and cars, but once you're hooked on orchids, you're finished. You never get off orchids.... never".
( Joe Kunisch,quoted in Orchid Fever, (2001) by Eric Hansen)
( Inset : Close-up of the Black Orchid ( Coelogyne pandurata)
The " Lady Slipper Orchid" ( Paphiopedilum spp.) is one of the most sought after native orchid species of Sarawak. Its resemblance to the slipper or Chinese tongs is clearly seen in the above picture. Note the labellum ( lip) which takes the form of a shoe-shaped pouch.
To see more orchids of Sarawak, click here.