Orchid flowers

Orchid flowers

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Credit: PAUL HARCOURT DAVIES/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Orchid flowers (Orchis patens, also known as O. spitzelii). One of the petals (pink spots on white) of each flower is called the lip. It is a specialised structure that attracts pollinators and provides them with a landing platform. This orchid is found in most of the Mediterranean and southern Europe. It is a terrestrial orchid (one that grows in the ground). There are more than 30,000 species of orchids worldwide, many of which are grown as ornamental flowers. Photographed in Liguria, Italy.

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Keywords: biological, biology, botanical, botany, europe, european, flower, flowering, flowers, italy, liguria, mediterranean, nature, orchid, orchis patens, orchis spitzelii, plant, reproduction, reproductive, temperate, terrestrial, three, trio

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