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    Let's positive thinking! seedjar's Avatar
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    My understanding is that they have some clever floorplan for making bugs first pass the female flower parts, then the male parts with pollen, before getting to the nectar reward at the end of the obstacle course. Like many other types of orchids, they're just cleverly designed to work with specific bugs. Many orchids come from places where biodiversity is so great that the chances of self-pollination are orders of magnitude higher than finding another individual of the species in range to exchange pollen with. The solution for many is to assure that pollinators aren't allowed to collect a flower's pollen until depositing some that was obtained elsewhere.
    o//~ Livin' like a bug ain't easy / My old clothes don't seem to fit me /
    I got little tiny bug feet / I don't really know what bugs eat /
    Don't want no one steppin' on me / Now I'm sympathizin' with fleas /
    Livin' like a bug ain't easy / Livin' like a bug ain't easy... o//~

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    Joe is right on the money about the pouch.

    Mine is still in bud, but it is growing bigger! Must take a lot of work to make those beautiful petals!

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