Orchid flowers

Orchid flowers

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Caption: Orchid flowers (Dendrobium crysotoxum). The petal at the centre of each flower (rounded and frilled) is a specialised petal called a lip. It attracts pollinators and provides them with a landing platform. This is an epiphytic orchid (one that grows in trees). It is found in the tropical areas of mainland Asia as far west as India. There are more than 30,000 species of orchids worldwide, many of which are grown as ornamental flowers.

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Keywords: asian, biological, biology, botanical, botany, couple, dendrobium crysotoxum, duo, epiphyte, epiphytic, flower, flowering, flowers, nature, orchid, pair, plant, reproduction, reproductive, tropical, two

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