A flower is a testimony that the world is designed for our enjoyment. Being a traveller I got a chance to visit the state of Sikkim, India and got to appreciate a poem I had then come across-
“Silently a flower blooms,
In silence it falls away;
Yet here now, at this moment, at this place,
The world of the flower, the whole of
the world is blooming.
This is the talk of the flower, the truth
of the blossom:
The glory of eternal life is fully shining here.”
The captivating state of Sikkim has a breathtaking array of blushing orchids. Its geographical positioning has gifted it a repository of 5000 species of flowering plants. It is the smallest state of Indian Union and yet just trails behind Arunachal Pradesh in terms of number of Orchid Species. Most of the Sikkim Orchids are beautiful but shortlived.
Orchids are found in Sikkim, mostly in the tropical regions up to 7000 feet elevations but some species inhabit altitudes of 10000 feet and above. Sikkim orchids belong to two categories: epiphyte and terrestial; the epiphytes are better known and more numerous.