Bulbophyllum Orchid

Bulbophyllum Orchid

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Credit: DANT FENOLIO/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Bulbophyllum spiesii is a large orchid native to the forest canopies of Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu. It is an epiphyte, growing on trees without parasitizing them. This species produces pseudobulbs and a carrion flower. Carrion flowers emit a pungent odour resembling decaying flesh, to attract flies and carrion beetles. Flies and carrion beetles are the primary pollinators for the plant. Photographed in 2009.

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Keywords: adaptation, beetle pollinated, bulbophyllum, bulbophyllum spiesii, carrion flower, carrion orchid, coevolution, decaying flesh, epiphyte, fletcherianum, fly pollination, malodorous, orchid, orchidaceae, plant animal interaction, purple flower, smelly, tropical orchid

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