Monday, March 1, 2010

Pigeon (Dove) Orchid (Paraviya Mal)

The Paraviya Mal in bloom.
Excerpt from Spot.Lk
  1. This wild orchid is commonly known as the ‘Paraviya’ or pigeon orchid in Sinhala. Its flower bears scent that penetrates through the garden air! It can be established by attaching a plant to a tree trunk or branch. It prefers shade, mild warmth and moisture.
    Once established it needs little extra care. Sad to say, it flowers only a few times a year and the flowers last just one day. As the flower unfurls early in the morning swarms of honeybees flock around for nectar – a scene to watch!

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