Orchid flower

Orchid flower

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Caption: Orchid flower (Cypripedium candidum). This is one of the slipper orchids, so-named for the white bulb-shaped part of the flower. This part of the flower is a specialised petal called a lip. It attracts and can trap pollinators. This is a terrestrial orchid (one that grows in soil). It is found in some of the cold and temperate regions of North America. This specimen is from the USA. There are more than 30,000 species of orchids worldwide, many of which are grown as ornamental flowers.

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Keywords: american, biological, biology, botanical, botany, cypripedium candidum, flower, flowering, nature, north america, north american, one, orchid, plant, reproduction, reproductive, single, slipper, temperate, terrestrial, united states, us, usa

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