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COLOURS OF NATURE: ORCHIDS OF HONG KONG
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04 Mar 2009 - 19 Apr 2009

This photographic exhibition is curated by Ms. Gloria Siu Lai-ping, a scholar of orchids, and the photographs are taken by Dr. Poon Tak Lun. Both of them are alumni of The University of Hong Kong.

Orchids have just been described as "the royal family" of the plant world. This family (Orchidaceae) is also one of the most evolved and diversified of the entire plant kingdom. They have always fascinated people with their beautiful, colourful and unique flower structures. There are about 123 native species of orchids found in Hong Kong, of which more than ten species are endemic to Hong Kong while dozens are locally rare nowadays. Although Hong Kong is such a small place, the total number of native orchids is twice as many as that recorded in the U.K. (i.e. about sixty species). Shown in this exhibition will be over 50 photographs of some of these natural treasures of Hong Kong.

 

Appendicula cornuta Bl. 

 (Fern-leaf Orchid / Ladder Orchid ) 

 This is a native Hong Kong epiphytic orchid with restricted distribution. 

 

Bulbophyllum retusiusculum Rchb. f. var. tigridium (Hance) Z.H. Tsi 

 (Little Tiger Orchid / Yellow Fan Orchid) 

 This is a pretty and very rare native Hong Kong epiphytic orchid. 

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