Orchid flowers

Orchid flowers

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Caption: Orchid flowers (Dendrobium macrophyllum). The red- spotted structure on each flower is a specialised petal called a lip. It attracts pollinators and provides them with a landing platform. This is usually an epiphytic orchid (one that grows in trees). It is found in tropical areas east from Malaysia to the Pacific islands. 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, dendrobium macrophyllum, epiphyte, epiphytic, flower, flowering, nature, orchid, plant, reproduction, reproductive, tropical

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