The dawn of a new power packed Monday amidst the Summer Solstice and the recent Solar Eclipse might have revved you all up for the coming week. The Summer Solstice brings hope and heralds the shortening of days, resulting in the advent of colder weather in the days to come. Let’s add to the enthusiasm a bit and help remove the “blues” a bit further. Seeing the cover picture, you might be questioning, what’s in store in a “thoroughly” explored place like Singapore? But what if I ask you “Has Singapore been really discovered “thoroughly“?
MacRitchie Reservoir Forest, Singapore.
Singapore needs no introduction. It’s a thriving city state located in the strategic Straits of Malacca, now serving as a Modern Utopia of a Multi-cultural democratic society with one of the highest standards of living, development, technology and happiness. It’s a popular notion among tourists that Singapore consists of a bunch of concrete jungles only. But the reality is a bit different, and there comes the need to take the paths less traveled..
The discovery of this peculiar flower was as flabbergasting as discovering a dense Equatorial rain-forest in the middle of Singapore.
I took the 6km one way (Total 12 km) walk cum hike in the dense MacRitchie Reserve forest to visit the fabled “Tree Top Walk” – a walk on a cable bridge atop the tall trees of the forest.
Looking down from the Tree Top Walk might be enough to induce acrophobia (I had a bad habit of underestimating the heights of trees, which stood corrected post that visit). However, never in my dreams did I expect flowers so peculiar and mysterious.
As usual, my friends and peers could not give me a satisfactory answer. Parts of the flower or inflorescence do resemble the lids of pitchers. But, the pitcher per se is absent. Also, there are mysterious bulbous structures which seem alien to pitchers. Moreover, as far as my knowledge of pitcher plants go, they are carnivorous and require animal protein because the soil where they grow is arid and cannot offer them the nutrients to manufacture the proteins themselves. Equatorial rain-forests should be among the last places on Earth to be arid. Hence, the pitcher theory doesn’t have too many arguments in it’s support as of now.
Thus, Google once again comes into the scene. Google Image search yielded that the species might belong to the Genus of Cypripedium Orchids. The word “pedium” comes from the Greek root word “pedilon” means sandal. In a way, the species of this genus has flowers resembling “feet” or “slippers”.
Though the closest options in Google Image search has only partial resemblance to the strange orchids (?) shown above, yet they are as follows:
- Cypripedium calceolus (Lady’s Slipper Orchid)
- Cypripedium tibeticum (Native to Tibet, but also found in some other parts of Asia)
- Cypripedium kentuckiense (Kentucky Lady’s Slipper Orchid – native to the USA)
Do you know the name of this mysterious flower? Do share your thoughts in the comments section below so that the same can be updated.
The picture was taken in September 2017 CE
Asus Zenfone 5 Max Mobile Phone Camera
Hope you liked this mysterious orchid flower and the forest of Singapore.
One needs to take the paths less traveled, or the uncliche, to be able to not only explore spectacular sights and scenes but also get a chance to learn something new or be awed by something enigmatic.
Obviously, since one doesn’t know about such mysterious species, one should be safe and not touch or consume such items without prior medical consultation. Yet, one can be adventurous enough to explore and be mystified through these sightings. Beauty, as I say, may lie right under one’s nose, if one is observant..
Looking forward to interacting more with you and “Make Mondays un-mundane”..
© Abirbhav Mukherjee. All the pictures / videos posted in this article are my own unless otherwise mentioned.