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Where Can You Find Ang Thong Lady’s Slipper Orchid?

Where Can You Find Ang Thong Lady’s Slipper Orchid?

An important plant in the park, Ang Thong Lady’s Slipper Orchid (Paphiopedilum x Ang Thong), is an endemic species found only in Mu Ko Ang Thong National Park, in Thailand. Around the world Paphiopedilum and 5 genera (Genus) include 137 type (species). The genus is found only in a single genus Paphiopedilum include 17 species from around the world all about 70 types.

Lady’s slipper can be found in India, Bangladesh, in the southeast of China, Bhutan, Nepal, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia. Malaysia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands, the Philippine botany divided subfamilies. “The lady’s slipper.” 5 genus. Is Cypripedium Paphiopedilum Phragmipedium and, Selenipedium Mexipedium.

Mu Ko Ang Thong is a marine national park in the Gulf of Thailand, on the shores of the Surat Thani Province in Southeast Asia. It covers 42 islands in a total area of 102 km², of which only 18 km² are land.  Population of these islands is estimated around 700-800 Thai people. The northern tip of Ko Phaluai is also part of the marine park.

There is a ranger station, bungalows, shop and restaurant at Ko Wua Talap at Ao Phi. The name “Ang Thong” translates in thai as similar to “bowl of gold”. “Mu Ko” simply means “group of islands” or “archipelagos”. Since 2002 the park has been registered as Ramsar site number 1184.

The ocean around Mu Ko Ang Thong averages around 10 metres in depth. Since the archipelago is located near the mainland, it receives sedimentary contamination from the Tapee river. Sunlight cannot thoroughly penetrate the waters, which is a limiting factor in the control of photosynthetic life such as, corals and other underwater plants. However any other marine creatures are adapted to this environment, and they still live forage, shelter and breed here.

On land, the park supports several types of forest and wildlife such as, dry evergreen forest covers the large islands of Ko Wua talap, Ko Paluai, and Ko Saamsao. Beach Forest, spares forest growing along the beaches and foothills near the shore. There is little of this type left.

Limestone Mountain Forest consist of flora found in limestone crevices with little or no soil. They are often small, dry tolerant, and slow – growing species such as Dracaena loureira, Malayun Spurge Tree Euphorbia antiquarum, and Morinda tinctoria. Of Mangrove Forest there is very little, some can be seen on the muddy beach in the inner sea and some in the bays to the east of Ko Paluai. They have all been planted.

In general the wildlife found consists of smaller animals, of which researchers have discovered 16 species of mammals, more than 50 species of birds, 14 species of reptiles, and 5 species of amphibians. An interesting one to look out for is the Dusky Langur, which comes down to the park’s HQ allowing visitors to observe closely.

Content for this question contributed by Stacy Nicholson, resident of Enfield, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA