Dendrobium cuthbertsonii. A deceptive beauty: this tiny...
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Image #cld1713694
SpeciesDendrobium cuthbertsonii
LocalityPapua, Indonesia
DescriptionA deceptive beauty: this tiny epiphytic orchid, which bears flowers that last for up to nine months and are larger than the entire plant itself, offers no nectar reward for visiting pollinators. However, it appears remarkably similar in appearance to nectar-rich Rhododendrons which have flowers the same color and size and grow nearby. Thus, it is a possible case of flower mimicry. 
Keywordsbloom | epiphyte | epiphytic | flora | flower | guinea | irian | jaya | mimicry | new | orchidaceae | plant | west


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