Sunday, July 17, 2011

Today's Flowers- Pholidata Imbricata

The Rattlesnake Orchid Pholidata imbricata is now flowering in my garden. The tiny cream flowers are arranged two by two as in a string of pearls.
I got the bulb from the estate of a friend in the Western Ghats. You can see this plant with its pseudobulbs attached to many trees in the jungle. I have just tied it with a string and hung it from my guava tree, where it pirouettes gracefully in the wind.
This orchid is called 'Mara Bale' in Kannada, and is very useful for healing cuts and scratches in the jungle.I thank the team of the wonderful meme Today's Flowers.


  1. What an interesting name for the orchids. They are beautiful. Thanks for sharing this new plant for me. Have a wonderful day!

  2. What a wonderful orchid, I've never heard of it before. It would make a lovely addition to anyone's orchid collection. Thank you for sharing it with us.


  3. Oh, how beautiful! Like the others, I've never heard of it either and what a delightful orchid it is! Wonderful captures! Hope you've had a great weekend!


  4. it's beautiful. i've not seen this orchid before...the name is also unusual.

  5. Thanks for sharing this beautiful and very interesting plant, enjoyed your post very much. Have a great week.

  6. This is a beautiful orchid. I like the name, Rattlesnake Orchid and also Mara Bale. It sounds very exotic and wild!

  7. Very pretty, and once again you have introduced me to a cool plant I had never heard of before... :)

  8. This orchid is interesting. I could see its resemblance to a rattlesnake's rattles right away

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