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Phragmipedium longifolium and friend

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by rico, Jul 31, 2019.

  1. rico

    rico Active Member

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    I hadn't planned to post about this plant until I found a pollinator in it; I figured that was enough to justify a thread. I began checking the flower often once the bud started to open and noticed something inside the flower when I looked today. The insect is a hover fly which is interesting and notable because it's the natural pollinator of the species and because the plant is growing far from its native South America. I went looking and found an article in an ORCHIDS magazine from 2011 about Syrphid fly pollination in Phragmipediums. I'm sure that I would not have realized the fly was a pollinator if I hadn't remembered the article. Anyway, I thought it was a cool find, and I was glad to save the fly as it was too big to have escaped on its own. Thanks for looking IMG_5760.JPG IMG_5757.JPG IMG_5756.JPG
     
  2. RustyExotics

    RustyExotics Nicholas - It's a terrestrial thing

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    Very cool!
     
  3. pcolman

    pcolman Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    A nice species and nice color in the petals. Gets too big for me eventually, but I do like it a lot.