Oncidium Orchid In Conservatory Of Flowers

Oncidium Orchid In Conservatory Of Flowers

Some species of Oncidium have long bouncing stems full of abundant flowers that flutter in the breeze and look like male bees. Pollination occurs when actual angry male bees attack the flowers thinking they are a competitor.

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The Greek word "onkos" means pad or mass and refers to the fleshy, warty callus on the lip of many species. Some calluses are known to provide oil droplets, which are consumed mainly by bees. The common name, dancing lady Orchid, refers to the elaborate lip that looks like a dress with a full skirt. The petals and sepals look like the arms and head of a tiny lady. 

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