Saturday, February 07, 2009

Cirrhopetalum umbellatum

Cirrhopetalum umbellatum. This cute little orchid's habitat ranges from sea level to several thousand feet and from Africa to Fiji to Australia! How's that for adaptive? Each flower has a really cool dark red-black filiment that extends off of the dorsal sepal and the niftiest red spots on yellow lateral sepals. Makes you wonder what the pollinator looks like! Maybe a yellow bee with red spots? Wow.

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