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    13th Jul, 2020
  • Recently, in the Jawaharlal Nehru Tropical Botanic Garden and Research Institute (JNTBGRI) in Kerala, witnessed the full bloom of Tiger orchids.
  • The bloom of Tiger orchids (Grammatophyllum speciosum) flowers resembles the tiger skin.
  • It flowers alternate years.
  • It is endemic to South East Asia (countries like Indonesia, Philippines etc) and is an epiphytic plant.
  • About Epiphytic Plant
    • Epiphytic Plant grows on the surface of another plant and derives its nutrients from rain, air, water or from debris accumulating it.
    • Unlike parasitic plants, epiphytic plants use other plants as a base and do not harm its host. E.g. Lichens, Algae, Orchids etc.

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