Travel with the Wild Orchid Man, Stig Dalström, to the land of Gaurs (a type of water buffalo with a particularly nasty disposition) and elephants, the mountainous kingdom of Bhutan, in search of Paphiopedilum fairrieanum. This once fairly common, horticulturally desirable species, has been decimated by over-collecting and habitat destruction to the point that today only very small populations restricted to near-vertical cliff faces exist.
For the less adventurous, this issue also features a detailed article on the large-flowered habenarias of Southeast Asia. These terrestrial, deciduous species and especially their hybrids have been gaining in popularity in recent years. They are easily grown if given proper conditions and can be very rewarding plants for even windowsill collections.
Also in this issue
Orchid Explorers, Gaurs and Elephants - Paphiopedilum fairrieanum in Bhutan
The Mystery of Sphagnum Moss
Genus of the Month - Ornithocephalus
Orchids Illustrated - Galeandra
The New Refugium Botanicum - Cischweinfia donrafae
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