The Goat orchid produces a beautiful flower that, despite the name, in fact looks a little like a horned bee. It is because of these horns that this orchid is also often referred to as the Goat Orchid. This orchid is actually a part of the bee like orchids family but some scientists and botanists like to classify it separately. In the year 1907 a botanist from Greece, named Fleischmann, first described this species of orchids. It was later named
Sometimes nature comes up with ingenious ways to attract pollinators – by sexual deception! Fly Orchids flowers are shaped just like female flies. Male insects are attracted to the flower so they come to mate. Once they land, pollen gets stuck on their bodies which in turn fertilizes the next orchid that they fly to. The Fly Orchid is one of those species of orchids that is not considered attractive. In fact, many find it an ugly species of orchid.
The Dove Orchid belongs to the genus of the orchid species known as Peristeria which is a Greek word that means dove. This orchid is also frequently referred to as the Holy Spirit Orchid or the Holy Ghost Orchid. The Dove Orchid is the national flower of Panama. This orchid species has been designated as endangered in its natural habitat. This is due to the over collection of these amazing orchids. This “flower of the holy spirit” can be seen
The scientific name Diuris of the plant called Donkey Orchid is derived from Greek prefixes Di meaning two and ouris meaning tail. One understands this nomenclature when he sees the two lateral hanging petals. These petals look like two hanging ears of a donkey. When the petals swing in air, they literally resemble a donkey squealing and moving his head. There are dozens of species of orchids under the genus Diuris. They are terrestrial meaning they grow on ground and
This is a unique species of orchids which has flowers that look like both a moth as well as a bird head. This is the reason why it is called a bird head orchid in some places while it is referred to as a moth orchid in other places. From a distance, the flower resembles a moth in flight but if you look up close, you can identify the head of a bird guarding the nectar. This species is one of
If you have never seen the Flying Duck orchid in real life, you can be forgiven for thinking that it is a fake. This is because it is hard to imagine Mother Nature trying to copy or impersonate one of its own creatures? But it is a fact that the flowers of this species of orchid bear uncanny resemblance to a flying duck. It is a small species of orchid that is found in eucalyptus woodland of Australia along its
The look of these Ghost Orchids look similar to Green Squid Orchid (Encyclia Cochleata) or the Hanging Naked Man Orchid (Orchis italica). They also resemble the look of a frog but they are actually most known as Ghost Orchids. Ghost orchid is a perennial orchid that is an epiphyte in nature. Lindenii in its scientific name is actually a name of a famous botanist from Belgium. This orchid was identified by Jean Jules Linden in 1844 in Cuba. It is
Earlier referred to as Encyclia Cochleata, the Green Squid orchid is an epiphytic orchid that is native to Central America and the Caribbean. However, it can also be occasionally terrestrial and seen growing on the ground. The flowers of this orchid are unusual not just in their resemblance to Green Squids but also because of having their column above the labellum. In fact, the labellum looks like a hood over the column. Despite being a common plant in Central America,