Orchid flower

Orchid flower

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Caption: Orchid flower (Maxillaria meleagris). The black petal is a specialised structure called the lip. It attracts pollinators to the flower. This orchid is found in the mountain rainforests of Mexico and Guatemala. It is an epiphytic orchid (one that grows in trees). There are more than 30,000 species of orchids worldwide, many of which are grown as ornamental flowers.

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Keywords: biological, biology, botanical, botany, central american, epiphyte, epiphytic, flower, flowering, maxillaria meleagris, mexican, mexico, nature, one, orchid, plant, reproduction, reproductive, single, tropical

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