Orchid flowers

Orchid flowers

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Caption: Orchid flowers (Encyclia glumacea, also known as Anacheilium glumaceum). One flower is seen in the foreground with others behind it. Each flower has a white and pink specialised petal called the lip. The other two petals and the three sepals are long and thin and form a distinctive star-shaped structure. The lip attracts pollinators to the flower and provides them with a landing platform. This orchid is found growing in trees (it is said to be epiphytic) in tropical Central America and parts of northern South America. There are more than 30,000 species of orchids worldwide, many of which are grown as ornamental flowers.

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Keywords: anacheilium glumaceum, biological, biology, botanical, botany, central american, encyclia glumacea, epiphyte, epiphytic, flower, flowering, flowers, nature, orchid, plant, reproduction, reproductive, sepal, sepals, star, star-shaped, tropical

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