Spathoglottis 'Rimba Ilmu'
A primary hybrid named after our Rimba Ilmu Botanic Garden
coloured flowers of Spathoglottis
'Rimba Ilmu' is a captivating primary hybrid (i.e., hybrid between two natural
species) created by crossing Spathoglottis lobbii with S. unguiculata. The seed parent, S. lobbii, occurs naturally in the Myanmar and northern Thailand area. The pollen parent, S. unguiculata,
is native to the region of New Caledonia and Vanuatu.
Pollinated in October 2006, the first bloom was achieved in January 2008. The
hybrid was registered with the Royal Horticultural Society on 28 January 2008.
It is named for Rimba Ilmu, the botanical garden of the University
of Malaya, where Malaysia's first conservatory
highlighting rare indigenous plants and orchids was established in 2000.
The flower form is of a broad star shape. The sepals
and petals are approximately equal in length, the width and flower height both
about 3.5 cm. The petals are broad midway and tapering at both ends, but
approximately 25% broader than the sepals. The lip has a narrow mid-lobe with a
fishtail-shaped apex, and upright side lobes of a broad inverted L-shape,
located at the base of the mid-lobe.
Spathoglottis ‘Rimba Ilmu’ is a free-flowering
The flower is an orange-tinged deep pink, with a
splash of yellow in the centre. There is conspicuous pink-red venation on the
petals and sepals. The apical portions of the side and mid-lobes have dark
red-pink patches. There are fine red spottings
towards the base of the mid-lobe, on the upright callus and towards the throat.
an ideal group of orchids for landscaping as well as potted plants. Being
fast-growing ground orchids that are easy to maintain, they tend to bloom all
This hybrid was registered by Lee Nam Fook, 28 January 2008.
What's New at Rimba Ilmu
FOREST effort: Intensive
plantings of Malaysian rainforest trees in the garden.
routinely some additions are made from time to time, we were able to begin,
at the end of September 2001, planting out very special forest species
donated to us for establishing a special new Arboretum, as well as
generally augment the plantings in the Garden in a significant way. This
work will continue through 2002 and beyond, and starts off on the ground the Rimba Ilmu's
Millenium Forest programme, through which we build one of tomorrow's forests
for Kuala Lumpur.
Our emphasis this year is to involve more volunteers who can be contacted
when we periodically handle large numbers of new plantings: this calls for
a willingness to get on with planting trees "hands-on".
Over 1200 trees
of many different species have already been planted out since the
initiation of this new effort, which is largely supported through the
generosity of Mr J. Kingham.
2004-2005 DHL joined hands with Rimba Ilmu to establish a special
conservation collection of Malaysian forest trees. This was one of the
first interactions between the botanic garden and a private sector company
which is encouraging lasting interest in the Malaysian environment. The
collection has been established in an area near the northeastern part of
the Garden and a site by a slope overlooking a small stream has now been
planted with a special selection of Malaysian forest tree species. These
include both dipterocarps and non-dipterocarps, from Peninsular Malaysia as
well as Sabah and Sarawak.
New Plants Preview
Rare Plants and Orchid Conservatory
of Paphiopedilum barbatum slipper orchids in the Conservatory.
F. L. Tang)
Special tours of the
Conservatory of Rare Plants and Orchids will be held immediately after each
Guided Garden Walk (see above), time-permitting: Transport yourself
into the world of rare and endemic plants, and gain an insight into what
causes their rarity and how they may be specially endangered. This facility
is not normally open to the public as it caters mainly to research, and
small children may not be admitted when not properly supervised by
Year 2003 Environmental Education Programmes
Education Programme is targetted at one-day or half-day sessions for school
students. These are attended to by trained Nature Education Officers and
supported by specialist staff of the Rimba Ilmu
Botanic Garden. Call
or email Mr Low Yee Wen or Mr Shan early to confirm: 03-79674690 or email email@example.com.
of the Courtyard of the Rimba
across from where the Herbarium is located.
K. M. Wong)
Please note our opening hours and that we
are closed on Saturdays (except for first Saturdays), Sundays and Public Holidays (Federal Territory).