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Alien Orchid

Dendrobium spectabile

Description:

This Dendrobium spectabile Orchid is also known as Alien Orchid for its odd and unique look/shapes. Aside from its unique appearance, the flowers are protected from being fertilized by flying insects by covering the pollen and seed. However the flower is hinged and crawling insects can go under the hinged portion of the flower. It apparently wants to be fertilized by a specific insect for which it has evolved a mechanism to accomplish this. Possibly it once grew in an area where an insect would take its pollen without fertilizing the plant. Nature finds a way to adapt.

Habitat:

This Orchid is found from from Paupua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands

Notes:

Saw this Orchids at the Garden of the Sleeping Giant.

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2 Comments

AlbertKang
AlbertKang 7 months ago

Thanks, @Machi.
Nice to see you like and appreciates this Spotting :)
Not many did :D

Machi
Machi 7 months ago

Wow! This has got to be the coolest orchid I have ever seen! Nice find

AlbertKang
Spotted by
AlbertKang

Nadi, Western, Fiji

Lat: -17.76, Long: 177.55

Spotted on Oct 4, 2018
Submitted on Nov 18, 2018

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