Rare variety of ‘Lady's Slipper’ orchid begins blooming in Agasthyamala
A rare variety of orchid flower has begun blooming in Agasthyamala. Paphiopedilum druryi is native to Agasthyamala, which is also enlisted in the World Network of Biosphere Reserves by UNESCO. The golden coloured flower blooms only in the cold area inside the deep forest.
The orchid has started blossoming in Ezhilampotta and Nachimudi inside the rain forest. They will stay bloomed for months, and so the researchers will be active these days. The flower, which is an endangered species, grows in an altitude of 1500 metres from the sea level.
It has been years since the plant stopped blooming. Even if it bloomed, people from other places used to smuggle them with the help of forest dwellers. The Druryi flowers that was left unnoticed by them has blossomed now after a gap of two years.
Druryi flowers are usually 6 cm in size and have golden colored petals with bold maroon lines in the middle of the petals. The scientists expect that more flowers are likely to bloom this year. This flower first discovered from Agasthyamala by J. A. Brown in 1865 and later Colonel Drury popularized the species.
The orchid also known as ‘ladies’ slipper’ starts blooming in February and will last till June. The orchid was enlisted in the Red Data Book as it was endangered. But later, a team of scientists from the Botanical Garden found it again.