Black Jewell (ludisia discolor)
Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo is home to many animals, and we also cultivate plants from those animals’ habitats. You may see some of these plants in the animals” habitats or you can see them in our Victorian Greenhouse. Many of the plants are endangered, just like the animals.
DESCRIPTION: Black Jewell Orchids are known most commonly for their beautiful, deep red velvet-like leaves with attractive venation than for the small whitish to pinkish flowers.
RANGE: Native to China, southeast Asia and northeast India.