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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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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.
>>>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!