Sarcochilus serrulatus (Orchidaceae)

Sarcochilus serrulatus

I wish there were adequate words to describe the ecstasy of meeting an orchid but there is none. I shall tell a story instead.

I was taking a leak as guys always need to do in the bush and there right at the level of my eyes was Sarcochilus serrulatus (Banded Butterfly Orchid). It was really smaller than what I thought a Sarcochilus might be, the whole plant being maybe only 10cm across. I had missed it even though I walked past the spot a couple of times.

Orchids really reveal themselves at the most unexpected times, in the most serendipitous ways.

Let go, and let orch!

Sarcochilus serrulatus

Sarcochilus serrulatus


About David Tng

I am David Tng, a hedonistic botanizer who pursues plants with a fervour. I chase the opportunity to delve into various aspects of the study of plants. I have spent untold hours staring at mosses and allied plants, taking picture of pollen, culturing orchids in clean cabinets, counting tree rings, monitoring plant flowering times, etc. I am currently engrossed in the study of plant ecology (a grand excuse to see 'anything I can). Sometimes I think of myself as a shadow taxonomist, a sentimental ecologist, and a spiritual environmentalist - but at the very root of it all, a "plant whisperer"!
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