Nature's Geometry and Beauty (continued...)


There are many websites to go to... so

once again I used Google Image Search: "Orchid Flowers" to find the enclosed photographs and Botany Illustration...

Here is one website from South Florida: www.fairchildgarden.org

This is The Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Coral Gables, Florida... an amazing organization and place...


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1. Sepals - Although they may look like petals, they are actually the glorified remains of the flower bud. There are usually three of approximately equal size. 2. Petals - Orchids always have three petals. Two are "normal," and the third becomes a highly specialized structure called a lip. 3. Lip or Labellum - The lower petal of an orchid. Used by the flower to provide a 'landing platform' for its pollinator. 4. Column - A finger-like structure that carries the orchid's reproductive organs--the stigmatic surface (female organs) and the Pollinia (male organs) located under the Anther Cap.


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This orchid is photographed in Thailand, from 2009.

Please contribute your images and research as well...