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Oeceoclades orchid Oeceoclades calcarata

The Oeceoclades calcarata is a large orchid from Madagascar, growing up to 1.5m, and can be found in highland rocks and semi-deciduous western forests.

The flowers are small and green with faint purple veins on the lip, and a white callus, whilst the sepals are spatula shaped and almost twice as long as the petals. Flowers appear between November and April.

Madagascan orchids come in all shapes and sizes. Some orchids live on the ground (called terrestrials) whereas others grow perched on trees (epiphytes) or rocks (lithophytes). They are found in almost every habitat on the island, from the coast to the highest mountain summit, and from the rain forest to the spiny forest.All orchids are proteced in Madagascar and cannot be collected except under licence. 

Madagascar is the only country outside the UK where Kew maintains a permanent presence. Our local team, working with Kew UK staff and local institutions, makes a significant contribution to research and conservation in Madagascar and ensures that Kew’s science has maximum impact at all levels from government decision-makers to local communities.

You can adopt this entire species for £1,000. Your donation will used to maintain the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership, ensure this species is kept safe forever in the vaults, and to collect more species in the future.

In addition to receiving your adoption pack featuring your certificate and photograph of the species (this will be posted to you, or the recipient), you will also be invited to a behind the scenes tour of the Millennium Seed Bank, at Wakehurst. You'll meet the staff and see the vaults where your species is stored.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with Jill Taylor on 020 8332 3248 or j.taylor@kew.org

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