Orchids

Challenge #46 in the Nature from Around the World series. Hosted by vqueen.
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Rothchild's Slipper Orchid
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Due to its high value, it also earns the nickname “Gold of Kinabalu”. Rothschild’s Slipper Orchid only grows on the slope of Mt. Kinabalu between 500 and 1,200 Meters in altitude. Most local villagers and orchid smugglers know this and steal the flower, making them vulnerable to extinction. I know a ranger in Sabah Parks once fined a tourist RM1,000 for stealing orchid from the national park.
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Submitted: Thursday, 12th July, 2012 11:49 (GMT)
Taken: Wednesday, 12th March, 2008
Focal length: 38 mm
Shutter speed: 1/50 sec
Aperture: F5
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