The Helmet Orchid, Corybas calcicola from the limestone hills of Peninsular Malaysia. Photo courtesy by Ong Poh Teck.
Limestone hills are home to about 200 species, representing about 20% of the total orchid flora found in Peninsular Malaysia. There are about 570 isolated karst hills in Peninsular Malaysia but fewer than 20 hills lie within the Totally Protected Areas (TPAs).
Vulnerable to threats, limestone orchids are rapidly declining in numbers. Therefore, there is an urgent need to document as many orchid species as possible from the limestone hills and to identify the potential threats to specific orchid populations in order to formulate conservation measures with scientific basis.
To find out more about the conservation of limestone orchids, the Sarawak Biodiversity Centre will be hosting a public talk entitled “Limestone Orchids of Peninsular Malaysia” presented by Ong Poh Teck, a researcher from Forest Research Institute Malaysia.
The talk will take place at Harbour View Hotel Kuching on 21 September 2018, Friday at 3.00pm.
The talk is open to members of the public and they can register by providing their names and contact details via email to email@example.com or by calling Ms Constance Vanessa Victor or Ms Nurulliza binti Murtadza at 082-610610.
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