Saturday, November 24, 2012

Tiger Orchid or Orkid Harimau Malaysia

Tiger Orchid or Orkid Harimau Malaysia is the largest and one of the rare flowering species found throughout Malaysia and Southeast Asia. Having being told tales that someone grew one for 10 years and it never did flower once, gave me a smile when the species I bought many years ago and grew for two years eventually flowered. Not only once, but twice! This Giant Orchid is also called Grammatophyllum speciosu and is found in mainly Southeast Asia.

The picture above was taken in Sabah Borneo at the Rainforest Discovery Center in Sandakan. They have a good bush of the Orkid Harimau there so if you visit that area, do pay the RDC a visit. I also visited Berjaya Hills Resort in 2009 and managed to take a picture of a very large tiger orchid bush with many flowers. There must have been at least 50 stalks in that bunch. Apart from the one I have growing in my mothers house, I am yet to buy another Tiger Orchid or Orkid Harimau in Malaysia.

Saturday, November 24, 2012 by David Jr · 3

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Tali Kasut or Shoe String Fern (Square)

Tali Kasut or Shoe String Fern is one of the rare species of Lycopodium found around Malaysia. This particular species was bought around Terengganu along the trunk roads from a local villager who sold many types of this species. I was quite thrilled to encounter such a rare species like this in good condition. The vendor also had re-potted the paku pakis tali kasut (Shoe String Fern) carefully while young baby shoots were seen sprouting. Price for this fern I paid back in 2005 was about RM30 a pot. These days, I hardly see any of these types around too.

Among the many types of ferns I collect, some of my favorites are the Ekor Kuching Fern, Tanduk Kijang Fern and Staghorn Fern or Tanduk Rusa. If you travel to the East Coast of Malaysia and want to find plants like these, you need to use the old roads. Best time is around morning till late afternoons. The plant I bought grew for about 5 years and when I left overseas, it was not cared for and eventually died. As I travel frequently nowadays, I am now looking for more of this Tali Kasut or Shoe String Fern.

Saturday, September 17, 2011 by David Jr · 1

Friday, September 9, 2011

Ekor Kuching Lycopodium Fern

Ekor Kuching Lycopodium Fern from Malaysia. I grew ferns like this over 10 years ago and some of them are still quite healthy. These kind of ferns can be found around Malaysia but mostly in the mid highlands or east coast of Malaysia. There are a few species of this Lycopodium Squarrosum which is locally called Ekor Kuching or Cats Tail. While some people also call them Ekor Tupai (Squirrels Tail), they are usually sold in small bunches. The larger matured bunches can cost in the hundreds of ringgit from dealers at plant nurseries in the city.

Lycopodium Squarrosum or Tassel Fern (Ekor Kuching) in Malaysia

One of the way to buy these ferns cheap is while driving along the old trunk roads in Malaysia to Cameron Highlands or Terengganu, you may see some locals selling them by the roadsides. Some of the ferns I have managed to get during my trips are Tali Kasut or Shoe String Fern and Staghorn Tanduk Rusa Fern. You have the option of bargaining with the vendors for your price. The Lycopodium Squarrosum or Tassel Fern is a beautiful fern which needs shaded care. Do not expose the plant to direct sunlight. Watering of these ekor kuching are also limited. Do not over water the ferns or they will drown out and die. Best care is putting them under shade and watering them every other day. Plant them in coconut fiber too. Do not use any modern fertilizers on them too. These also grow in Borneo, Indonesia and also Thailand. Due to the heat wave a couple of years ago, most of my plants died and I only have one more Ekor Kuching Lycopodium Fern left in my care.

Friday, September 9, 2011 by David Jr · 0

Monday, September 5, 2011

Staghorn Fern Tanduk Kijang in Sabah Malaysia

Staghorn Fern Tanduk Kijang in Sabah Malaysia. This picture was taken at the Rainforest Discovery Center (RDC) in Sepilok, Sandakan. Growing freely on one of the trees here, I was attending the Borneo Bird Watching Festival when I noticed the Platycerium Ridleyii or Tanduk Kijang as it is locally known. Usually I just see the common Staghorn Fern Platycerium (Tanduk Rusa) around. The local name comes from the deer species as the fern looks like the deers antlers according to Malaysians. Once there used to be a dealer for staghorns in the outskirts of the city but since these ferns are hard to maintain, he eventually stopped selling them. 

These days, you can buy staghorn ferns in Malaysia from the local indigenous people along some of the trunk roads and this is seasonal. But bare in mind that some of the rare species are hard to maintain so much research and care needs to be put into looking after these species. If you like these kind of plants, you can find a number of the Staghorn Fern Tanduk Kijang in Sabah Malaysia.

Monday, September 5, 2011 by David Jr · 0

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Staghorn Fern or Tanduk Rusa in Malaysia

Staghorn Fern or Tanduk Rusa in Malay is found throughout Malaysia and Southeast Asia. These beautiful ferns are  usually found in nurseries through the country and most of the time priced anywhere from RM20 to RM150 depending on the size and breed. 

The Staghorn Fern is also cultivated and mass produced for sale so you need to be sure which type you are interested in. When you see them growing in plastic pots, those are the cultivated ones which cost around RM8 to RM15 a pot at your local nursery. 

I have had this fascination with these plants for over 10 years now and seen them go through all kinds of tragic endings. Maybe my fingers are not green enough? Anyway, in the last few years, I managed to make my own little nursery with a netted cover to grow some of the rare species I got. So far, they have proven to be great while they are all healthy. Some of them have fronds growing over 4 feet in length too!

Apart from the common type, there is also the rare Tanduk Kijang Staghorn Fern in Malaysia. Where do you get some of the unique Staghorn Ferns in Malaysia? Follow my flora and plants blog to find out more information. I will be including tips and information on these unique plants with emphasis of the Staghorn Fern or Tanduk Rusa in Malaysia.

Thursday, November 11, 2010 by David Jr · 8