Introducing native Orchids to Belipola
Ajantha Palihawadana is a respected naturalist and an Orchid expert in Sri Lanka. Self motivated in his field activities and taxonomy he has been supported by many ecologists in his career. Ajantha's work together with Dr. Ranil Senanayake and Belipola has always held a special place in his heart.
Belipola will host in-situ learning and hands on experience through the years 2020-2021. Learn about Orchids, their propagation, andon how to establish collections of your own.
Native Orchid interdiction to Analog forest Arboretum at Belipola
Sri Lanka is known to have 199 Orchids including 55 endemics consisting of epiphytic, saprophytes, terrestrial, and aquatic species. These Orchids found in the costal areas, rain forests, dry and arid zones, as well as up to 4000 ft in the hills.
Using his expertise Ajantha will introduce the following species at Belipola in the years 2020-2021
Nervilia Plicata / Nervilia fordii / Bulbophyllum sp / Gastrochilus Sp / Thrixspermum sp / Epipogium Sp / Dendrobium Sp
In 1983 when Ajantha was a young naturalist, he was a part of the crew that created the worlds first Analog Forest at Belipola. Guided by Dr. Ranil Senanayake, Ajantha was trained to improve ecosystems using Biodiversity and Biomass measures guided by the 12 principles of Analog Forestry .
Studying the physiognomic patters of flora will help to establish Ajantha's orchid features within select sectors at Belipola.
Feel free to drop by Belipola or contact Ajantha for further info regarding orchids and AF learning :