West Papua frizzy orchids also known as bunga Anggrek Kribo (Dendrobium spectabile).
Papua holds a variety of very exotic flora and fauna, especially the richness of its orchids. One of the dendrobium spectabile species or frizzy orchids with a yellowish green color combination.
In Papua, this frizzy orchid is used as a symbol for Papua State University (UNIPA) along with a bird-wing butterfly (Ornithoptera sp).
This orchid has curly flower shapes combined with a yellowish green color with a characteristic labelum that protrudes lengthwise and waves. It grows attached to the branches of tall trees.
Dendrobium spectabile, a native forest plant. This orchid species is very suitable to be planted in the lowlands with hot temperatures.
Although this Kribo orchid is native to Papua, in its development it can thrive and flower maximally in almost all parts of Indonesia.
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.
A former Dutch colony, West Papua was formally incorporated into Indonesia in 1969, after an undisputed vote of about 1,025 representative tribal leaders. The result of the plebiscite was overseen and endorsed by the United Nations.