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Marbled Jewel Orchid

Anoectochilus monicae

Description:

Marbled Jewel Orchid (Anoectochilus spp.) are named for their beautiful bright intricate vein patterns on their leaves. Unlike most orchids, Jewel Orchids are more well known for their leaves rather than their flowers. Flowers are also rare to witness due to specific conditions during certain seasons to make it bloom. The flowers of this orchid species have obvious "filaments" which makes it very unusual compared to other orchid groups. There are also tiny hairs on the petals. The largest leaf is almost 50 mm while the whole plant is around 120 mm tall. Orchids from the Macodes genus are also called Jewel Orchids which have beautiful leaves as well.
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Habitat:

Only grow low in the montane rainforest floor where it is dark and cool. This one was found quite commonly in certain parts of Mount Kinabalu headquarter trails, Kundasang, Sabah, Malaysia (Borneo). It is endemic only the the mountains in Sabah.

Notes:

>>>Map accuracy: 3km. Taking a break from my adventure spotting series to share this wonderful orchid first. Genus ID thanks to Patrick Sodusta. This is my 737th spotting and my 9th SOTD. Almost one more to reach 10 SOTD!

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13 Comments

Deny
Deny 4 weeks ago

Congrats ., beauty terrestrial orchids 馃榿馃榿

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway a year ago

Congrats Chun and great work on the html too. ;-)

dandoucette
dandoucette a year ago

Congrats Chun great spotting! I've seen many jewel orchids but I rarely catch them in flower, good timing!

armadeus.4
armadeus.4 a year ago

Congratulations Chun! Wonderful SOTD. Thank you for sharing :)

Great find Chun,beautiful,congrats on the well deserved SOTD and thanks for sharing

ChunXingWong
ChunXingWong a year ago

Thanks everyone! These tiny orchids are the ones usually missed easily. Need to pay a closer look in the forest to find these rare little wonders.

mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah a year ago

Congrats, Chun!

Congratulations Chun.

Tukup
Tukup a year ago

Congratulations Chun on your well-deserved SOTD. Again, thanks for sharing these fotos and information.

DanielePralong
DanielePralong a year ago

Congratulations Chun, your Marbled Jewel Orchid is our Spotting of the Day:

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Zlatan Celebic
Zlatan Celebic a year ago

gorgeous flower and leaf! great spotting.

ChunXingWong
ChunXingWong a year ago

Thanks Tukup. This is definitely a rare beauty!

Tukup
Tukup a year ago

Beautiful orchid ChunXingWong. And you are right, the leaf is more notable than the flower. Thanks for sharing.

ChunXingWong
Spotted by
ChunXingWong

Ranau, Sabah, Malaysia

Spotted on Aug 25, 2017
Submitted on Apr 11, 2019

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