Enter the Cloud Forest, a mysterious world veiled in mist. Take in breath-taking mountain views surrounded by diverse vegetation and hidden floral gems. And learn about rare plants and their fast-disappearing environment.
Exotic epiphytic orchids from the faraway Amazon region are brought closer to Singapore in Cloud Forest’s Orchids of the Amazon, where 50 varieties are showcased amidst a lush green landscape of ferns, aroids and bromeliads, that bring to mind the dense foliage of the rainforest. Many of the orchids on show have interesting features.
Look out for the Cattleya luteola, which is known to be the smallest of all Cattleyas and has pale yellow flowers that emit fragrance from as early as 4am to attract pollinators such as bees; and Warczewiczella amazonica, a species named after the Amazon, with lightly-scented white flowers that are regarded as the largest in the Warczewiczella genus.
With the Amazon rainforest being home to a wide variety of biodiversity, the display also includes replicas of animals endemic to the region such as capybaras, sloths and macaws. A part of the biannual changing orchid displays in Cloud Forest, Orchids of the Amazon is the second orchid display for this year.
Portraits of a Miniverse
Alongside the Orchids of the Amazon display is the Portraits of a Miniverse photo exhibition by Singaporean photographer Shannon Heng. In this exhibition, 24 photographs of miniature orchids from the Amazon region showcase the unexpected beauty of such tiny blooms, the smallest of which only measures 3 mm.
Find out more about the unique habitat in Cloud Forest by joining a free “ASK Me!” guided tour of selected areas in the conservatory. Pick up amazing facts about the plants on display and be inspired to play a part in protecting the environment!