The following focuses on plant habitats, and in particular how they affect orchid culture in this country. One facet of natural habitats for most of the orchids grown in this country is significantly different from the conditions naturally experienced here, and this will be highlighted, together with other significant aspects.

HABITAT 2. THE FOOTHILL 
MONSOON FOREST HABITAT

Temperatures

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Some weather data is available for a typical cymbidium habitat in Sikkim, North India, at the upper altitude range for this habitat. The greater variability in temperatures from the earlier habit should be noted, together with the diurnal range of 4-8oC.

ChartObject TEMPERATURES                                   KALIMPONG NORTH INDIA

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