A Different Garden – Sabah Trip #2March 6, 2015 at 11:58 am | Posted in itchy backside | 1 Comment
Tags: Flowers, Malaysia, Nature, Travel
On our first morning at Kota Kinabalu National Park, we visited the Botanical Garden. Apart from the RM15 entrance fee (for foreigners 18 years and above) at the Park HQ, there is an extra RM3 for visiting the Botanical Garden…
Itchyfingers were even more surprised to find that their Botanical Garden seemed to be amongst nature…more like a forest botanic garden, which is not too manicured.
There were many orchids, with only some labelled. According to the sign, there are 102 endemic species of orchids in Kinabalu Park! Wow!
A high percentage of orchids are epiphytes, using other plants for support. But they do not obtain nourishment directly from the host, unlike parasitic plants. The “bulbs” at the base of the leaves of some species are the orchid’s storehouse of nutrients, thus orchid plants do not require soil to grow
Rhododendron crassifolium. Best developed in cool and moist condition, they are most common on the mountain from 1,200 to 3,000 metres. There are about 900 species worldwide and Borneo is the second richest island in South-east Asia to have about 50 species described
Quite small for a Botanical Garden, but if you look carefully, you would still be able to discover some gems here. Pity there weren’t any pitcher plants around. A nice warm up for the day and we might come back to explore the other trails around the Garden if we have some time later.