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Protection and production of orchids in their natural habitats need to go hand in hand, and the involvement of local ethnic communities needs to be assured. This is the only way to prevent the exinction of wild orchids in the intensely utilized landscapes of Asia.

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Herba dendrobii
Orchids

Medicinally used DENDROBIUM species



Dendrobium Medicine Orchids of Xishuangbanna (Yunnan, China), Myanmar (Burma), and Thailand


Dendrobium aphyllum

Dendrobium capillipes

Dendrobium cariniferum

Dendrobium christyanum

Dendrobium chrysanthum

Dendrobium chrysotoxum

Dendrobium crepidatum

Dendrobium crumenatum

Dendrobium crystallinum

Dendrobium devonianum

Dendrobium findlayanum

Dendrobium jenkinsii

Dendrobium nobile

Dendrobium officinale

Dendrobium pendulum

Dendrobium primulinum

Dendrobium thyrsiflorum

Dendrobium wardianum

 

The TianZi wild orchids from China:

Ascocentrum

Bulbophyllum

Cymbidium

Dendrobium

Eria


Hygrochilus

Luisia

Phaius

Phalaenopsis hybrids

Rhynchostylis

Vanda

Vandopsis

unknown
species

Medicinal orchids

other epiphytes

special hand crafted orchid pots and baskets


The TianZi orchids of Thailand:

Vandaceous orchids:

Doritis

Rhynchostylis orchid hybrids:

Other orchids:

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Dendrobium chrysotoxum
Gold Orchid


This beautiful orchid is locally called
"Dai Orchid", because it flowers during the Dai water splashing festival and is then used as an aromatic ornament in Dai ladies' hair.

The species name means "chryso" = gold, "toxum" = seed. The "seed of gold" has been an essential and crucial element in pre-christian alchemy for creating gold. It was a mysterious substance, which aided the transformation of minerals into gold. As a "seed" it has always been present in the alchemists' concoctions.

In the personal and spiritual transformations of the alchemists, the "seed of gold" is always present in a person, much as Yin is nestled as a "seed" in Yang, and ultimately triggers the necessary change. Therefore, personal spiritual maturity, which came about through a sequence of transmutations, aimed at achieving the golden change, which was synonym with the qualities of a true master, with longevity, and an all emcompassing state of love. For this final stage of personal achievement, the "seeds of gold" were of pivotal importance.

In Chinese medical philosophy, humans are borne in the state of Yang. Therefore, throughout life, the more elusive forces of Yin have to be added to a person. Hence, Yin tonifying plants are of greatest importance to TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) and are considered long-life medication.

When drinking the tea of the flowers of this Gold Orchid, the effects on the more caring, harmonious, and restoring nature (Yin) can be felt immediately.




The gold coloured Dendrobium chrysotoxum in the hair of a Bulang lady. The other two species are D. nobile and D. crepidatum.


The flowers of the Gold Orchid are dried and used as tea. The aroma has a pleasant honey scent. Just one flower in a glass of water already infuses a distinct aromatic change. 10 flowers make a rich Yin invigorating tea.
The flowers, can also be eaten, and after using them in tea, they can be used in bakery or marmelade.

In traditional local medicine, the Gold Orchid tea is applied to strengthen Yin for a balanced Yin and Yang, for supporting feminine characteristica of harmony and reproductivity. The "Gold Tea" contributes to happy moods and a sound sleep undisturbed by dreams.


The genetic variability of the plants is high. Some flowers exhibit a slightly more dark red inner part. The all, howevere, flirt bees and people alike with their strong aromatic honey scent.


Most Dendrobium species during dry season shed leaves and turn into plants that resemble a cactus. This is a perfect adaptation to the dry and sun-drenched habitats up in the trees. In extreme years they face 6 months without rain and their hosting tree might even shed its leaves. Therefore, Dai people traditionally planted this orchid on the roofs of their houses. Nowadays, with the ugly new roofs made from all sorts of artificial material (the old roof tiles were burned rice field mud), which for some odd reason have to be in the most artificial blue color, do of course not provide any suitable substrate for orchids.


Also the stems of the Gold Orchid are used in Chinese Medicine. Recent scientific research found active polysaccharids with a proven effect on the immune system and for treating diabetes.


Dried stems of Dendrobium chrysotoxum

Please see our store for immune system herbal orchid products.



Now available:
Dendrobium flower tea


Purchase this rare product here

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Most Dendrobium species during dry season shed leaves and turn into plants that resemble a cactus. This is a perfect adaptation to the dry and sun-drenched habitats up in the trees. In extreme years they face 6 months without rain and their hosting tree might even shed its leaves. Therefore, Dai people traditionally planted this orchid on the roofs of their houses.

All Dendrobium species are nowadays used for Chinese medicine. We are producing medicinal orchids under natural conditions and we care in special projects for the survival of orchid mother plants in their natural environment.

We also specialize in cold tolerant orchid genus from South China, Tibet, North Myanmar (Burma), Northern Thailand, and North Vietnam.

Many of our species and hybrids from tissue culture can be kept outdoors in Europe and the USA during most parts of the year.

We exclusively work with importers on long term arrangements. Their partnership enables us to protect the diversity of orchids in their natural environments under our care.

Should you be interested to work with us as a distributor for your country, please write to us.

Thank you for your interest in our concept.


NEW !

ORCHID FLOWER TEA


A truly rare treat not only for orchid lovers...


For orchid importers:

Your ecologically friendly production of orchids:
proudly traceable!


Imagine, the traceability of your supply chain leads your customers to the tropical jungles of the Mekong river and to the Himalayan mountains where Tibet meets Yunnan. Immerged in diverse culture and rich biodiversity, your customers can visit the places and people where your organic products start from pristine soils, clean air, and where they support the livelihood of local ethnic communities.

Would this add to the sustainability and credibility of your company?

Would your trademark benefit from international research publications lauding your company's involvement in saving the rain forest?

If you are in the food, cosmetics, flower, herbal, and medical business, certifying your products as contributing to rain forest and biodiversity protection will be an advantage with a competitive edge.

The TianZi Biodiversity Centre is working with German Universities to design land use systems, which are bound to change paradigms: we promote rare agro-biodiversity species, manage complexity, and find alternatives to destructive forms of mono culture.

If all this is in line with your company's business concept - please contact us.

The TianZi Team.


 

MAY WE PLEASE REQUEST YOUR SUPPORT

Please support our protection efforts in the orchid mountains of Xishuangbanna. Your donation is used to protect mother plants and to re-introduce orchids to depleted areas:

 

THANK YOU SO MUCH

The TianZi team