Dracula orchid

Dracula orchid

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Credit: DR MORLEY READ/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Orchid flower. Close-up of a flower of the South American orchid, Dracula morleyi. At lower centre is the white flower lip (labellum) which acts as a landing platform for pollinator insects. Dracula have large downwardly hanging flowers resembling fungi and are pollinated by fungus gnats. Seen above the labellum is a stalked male anther (yellow) containing pollen-bearing pollinia. This new species of orchid was discovered in January 1993 in the Los Cedros Biological Reserve, Ecuador. Ecuador has more than 2,400 species of orchids, and the Los Cedros Reserve is part of the most biologically diverse forest in the world.

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