Phalaenopsis deliciosa is in blossom by
mid-October. This specimen is a part of the Corien and Folbert Bronsema
A spectacular native tree normally in blossom around
Chiang Mai in mid-October is Millingtonia hortensis (Bignoniaceae). It has
white hanging flowers which are fragrant in the night. It is a slow-growing
tree, but eventually its corky stem and lovely flowers will enrich your
garden. A beautiful specimen can be found at the Dhara Dhevi Hotel.
Another tree in blossom at the same time around Chiang Mai is Senna
spectabilis (Fabaceae). It has bright yellow flowers arranged in stiff
flower clusters, pointing sideways or even slightly upwards, reminding me of
fireworks. One Thai name is ‘khi lek american’, indicating its true origin
in tropical America. A friend said her guide told them this is the national
tree, Cassia fistula, ‘rachapruek’. That is wrong. Cassia fistula has
drooping flower clusters, hence the English vernacular name ‘Golden Shower’.
When it is in blossom in April, the tree has no leaves. Right now you can
see some Cassia fistula trees in blossom, practicing for April.
Some lovely orchids are also displaying their sweet blossoms at this time.
One species is Phalaenopsis (Kingidium) deliciosa. It is native, and very
delicate, hence the name.