The Crowning Jewels of Penang's Biodiversity: Wild Orchids of Penang Hill

By Rexy Prakash Chacko

January 2024 FEATURE
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PENANG HILL, with its cooler climes and dense forest coverage, is a renowned tourist destination and a favourite hiking spot. It harbours rich biodiversity, key to it being minted in 2021 as the Penang Hill Biosphere Reserve (PHBR) under the UNESCO Man and Biosphere Programme.Biodiversity denotes the richness of life in an area, and among Penang Hill’s diverse treasures are its wild orchids. Truth be told, Penang Hill is not as “orchid rich” as many other Peninsular Malaysian mountains—but what...

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Rexy Prakash Chacko

is an electronic engineer by profession and a nature lover by passion. While he spends his weekdays earning a living at the Bayan Lepas Free Industrial Zone, his weekends are spent reflecting and recharging on the green hills of Penang.