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The Isan world of flowers
« on: May 23, 2016, 05:50:16 PM »
The Isan world of flowers

A park in the northeastern province is not only beautiful but also a fascinating learning resource

Play La Ploen Flora Park.

The northeastern province of Buri Ram has more than the Phanom Rung ancient Khmer sanctuary and a top football team -- along with its stadium -- to attract tourists. Also interesting is Play La Ploen Flora Park, the first and only flower park in the Northeast. Located in Khu Muang district, about 30km from Muang district, the park boasts six greenhouses featuring prominent species of plants from all over the world.

Greenhouse 1 displays seasonal floral plants. Until the end of this month, highlights will be thousands of roses and vegetation of Asean. From June to August, over 40 kinds of curcuma will be on view. From September to November, many hydrangeas will bloom all over the greenhouse. In December, the festival of tulips will begin with hydrangeas, lilies and over 10 other types of winter plants.

Greenhouse 2 simulates the Jurassic period with numerous kinds of ferns and models of dinosaurs. Ferns propagate by spores and do not have flowers. They came into existence before flowering plants and mammals. The oldest remains of ferns are 250 million-year-old fossils. Globally, more than 8,500 species have been identified, belonging to 223 genera. Ferns can be used as ornamental plants, food, fodder, medicine and handicraft materials. This greenhouse displays four major kinds of ferns which can adapt themselves and grow well in a tropical climate. They are terrestrial sun-ferns, terrestrial shade-ferns, epiphytes and mountain ferns. Also shown in this greenhouse is petrified wood that has completely changed to stone. In geology, petrified wood is considered a type of fossil.

Decorated under the forest and underwater themes, Greenhouse 3 features various types of rare carnivorous plants and bromeliads. Widespread in Asia, America and Australia, they can be found in grasslands, tropical rainforests and islands. This exhibit shows major groups of carnivorous plants, such as nepenthes (morkhao morkaeng ling), sarracenia, drosera, dionaea (kab hoi khraeng) or Venus fly trap and pinguicula.

Bromeliads belong to the bromeliaccae family like pineapples (Ananas cosmosus). This family has up to 59 genera and 2,650 species commonly found in both tropical rainforests and deserts. In Thailand, bromeliads can be classified into two groups: eatable (pineapple) and ornamental (bromeliad). On view there are neoregelia, aechmean, guzmania and more.

The next greenhouse displays orchids. Orchids are one of the largest plant families containing 900 genera with 25,000 species. Orchids occur in various habitats and environments, ranging from arctic regions to the tropics. They are most prolific in the tropics, found from sea-level to a height of 4,200m. In Thailand, there are at least 177 genera, and 150 species are endemic to Thailand. On view here along with the models of kinnaree (nymphs with wings) are three main groups of orchids -- terrestrial orchids like habenaria and pecteilis, semi-epiphytic orchids like dendrobium and cattleya and epiphytic orchids like vanda, arachnis and renanthera.

Greenhouse 5 displays cacti under the theme of Ancient Egypt and pyramids. Cacti and other succulents occur in environments from deserts to rainforests, but are most common in drier parts of the world. There are two main distribution areas: cacti and agave occur in the Americas, whereas aloe are from Africa and Madagascar. Succulent euphorbia occur in Africa and tropical Asia. One of the main features of cacti and succulents is their capability to store water in their stems and roots. They also have various mechanisms for reducing water loss and withstanding prolonged draught. Exhibited here are spineless, xerix spiration, rare species, prominent cephalium, colour-skin woolly or spiny crown, columnar, padded jointed, variegated, monstrosus and cristata.

The last greenhouse shows anthurium, or dok na wua in Thai. Anthurium is a genus of the family araceae. It is a monocotyledon plant and native to the tropical area of the North and South Americas. Its unique features include straight stems with various lengths depending on species, heart-shaped leaves and unisexual flowers producing stamen and pistil. When it blooms, the petal colour turns from yellow to white. On view here are otasu, dakota, sensa, florino, jori, okapi, sempre and other hybrids, all imported from the Netherlands, as well as Thai species like duang samon, phakamas and nai khao wan. This zone is presented under the theme of a northeastern village with a few huts, old-style farming and weaving tools, traditional costumes, handwoven textiles, a carriage and a life-size model of a buffalo.

Stepping out of Greenhouse 6, visitors can either take pictures in the beautiful outdoor garden or enjoy shopping for fruits from the resort's farm or small plants and seeds. Visiting the park's library and agricultural learning centre is recommended. Children will be able to learn about plants, the lifestyle of farmers and the sufficiency economy. All will bring home fun, knowledge and environmentally friendly souvenirs.

Seasonal flower plants in Greenhouse 1.

The northeastern village surrounded by anthurium.


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