Lowland N.veitchii were thought to be growing in most part of the lower mountain range of Sarawak. Where they were sighted their population were low. Their growth habitat heath forest were mostly in inaccessible and untamed places usually at higher altitude. Through researching and interviewing one place was worth investigating. An isolated place that required a walking distance of 3 hrs through virgin jungle, a cave on the mt top where native men dwell and collect bird’s nests. The first 3 trips was unsuccessful –uncertain on the exact trail, some jungle traisl came to an abrupt end for no particular reasons and worse were those that goes up mountain only to find , after an hr or 2, it goes downhill connecting to an abandon logging road.
Sunday 18th May, 2008 we set off at first through a typical lowland slightly peaty and sandy. Not much unusual sightings, it was like most lowland that we encountered, 3 species of gingers were very common.
Plagiostachys crocydocalyx was first collected in 1865-1867 by Beccari, an Italian botanist. Inflorescence are slimy and enormous…
…and the flowers are yellow.
A solitary stagehorn fern perch on a tall tree
Walking through slightly dense primary forest where trees are thin and straight and growing on the lower section near the ground are bulbophyllum with varying number of petals
A species of terrestrial orchid similar to one that I came across in Bario
The journey continued. The forest were getting more mossy , still no sight of pitcher plants but many exotic plants in vivid colour were found growing among leaves debris.
and a species of gesneraid
More unknown plants
Plants filling in every available space provided by nature
Creepers and ferns on boulders overgrown with an unknown moss
Beautiful formation by this strange creeper on tree trunk