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Wild Arthrochilus prolixus

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by Foozil, Feb 29, 2020.

  1. Foozil

    Foozil Active Member

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    I posted photos of one of my cultivated plants a while ago, and finally got to see them flowering in-situ yesterday. And very cool plant. A wasp tries to copulate with its labellum (photo 3) and it gets flung into its column. A few Australian orchids use this method.
    DSC_0878 3.jpg DSC_0882 3.jpg DSC_0888 2.jpg
     
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    spiro K. Well-Known Member

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    Fantastic!
    Have you seen in in action?
     
  3. Foozil

    Foozil Active Member

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    Unfortunately not. Would have loved to spend more time there but the mosquitos were terrible...
     
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    naoki Well-Known Member

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    Nice find! It is crazy that plants make mimics of insect hormones in those pseudo-copulation orchids!
     
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    Foozil Active Member

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    Indeed! Hopefully I will see them in action one day.
     
  6. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    It is wicked looking! thanks for the great photos.
     
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