Archive for the ‘Fauna’ Category

Understanding Papua 6 (Environment, Flora and Fauna)

March 24, 2008

Papua is one of three Major Tropical Forests in the world that has been identified by Conservancy International. Over 80% of Papua is still untouched or natural habitat. Due to the biogeography and the unique topography of Papua, the forest regions still have high levels of biodiversity. The inaccessibility of many of the natural habitats means that to this day not a lot is known about Papua’s biodiversity; Papua’s seas have not yet been fully explored either. With an increase in biological research in Papua more and more is being discovered about the biodiversity of the region. Aside from a high level of biodiversity, Papua also has many different types of ecosystems, from extensive coral reefs, mangroves, savannahs, lowland tropical forests, to mountainous and alpine areas.
The threats to the biodiversity and natural habitat of Papua are already apparent. Papua, being rich in mineral deposits and oil reserves, is very attractive to investors who aim to build large scale mines and oil fields, potentially very damaging to natural habitats. Other threats come from the growth of certain areas, such as the development of the industrial sector in Mamberamo, the expansion of palm oil plantations, the construction of the Trans-Papua highway and timber concessions.

Anggrek Kribo (Dendrobium Spectabile)

February 15, 2008

Anggrek Kribo Papua

Jakarta. WPP. Bunga Anggrek Kribo (Dendrobium spectabile) is a warm growing species native to Papua, New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. This flower is also used for Universitas Negeri Papua Symbol together with Kupu Sayap Burung (Ornithoptera sp). The 18 inch to 2 foot long canes produce masses of flowers that look like aliens from another world. This plant typically flowers in the winter and early spring months but can also flower in late August through October. Each flower spike can produce 10 – 20 three inch flowers colored in cream, tan, mahogany, purple, and green. The flowers last a couple of and have a nice honey-like fragrance. There are many other orchids growing in Papua such as Anggrek Macan (Grammatophyllum Sp.), Anggrek Merpati (Dendrobium Lineale), Anggrek Emas (Dendrobium Conanthum) and so on. This long lasting which have a honey like scent is usually sold as high as $ 100. (V10)