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Triphora trianthophora and pollinator

This is a discussion on Triphora trianthophora and pollinator within the Orchids of Other Genera IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Photographed in Citrus County, FL. T. trianthophora is a very small orchid which is hard ...

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    Default Triphora trianthophora and pollinator

    Photographed in Citrus County, FL. T. trianthophora is a very small orchid which is hard to find, period, because of its small size. It's even harder to catch in flower, owing to the fact that all plants in a colony will flower at the same time, with the flowers lasting but a day. A new wave of buds will mature within a few weeks, to bloom again on the one designated day.

    Here's an entire plant shot...the imaged plant is around 3 inches tall:



    Here's a close-up of the flower, which is roughly 1 cm across:



    Here's another flower close-up:



    And, while I was shooting this, a small Stylogaster biannulata fly landed on the flower in search of nectar:



    Finally, here's a crop of just the center of the above image at full resolution:



    Enjoy!
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    That's small....but obviously irresistible to that little fly. Very pretty, thanks for sharing!
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    Quote Originally Posted by prem View Post
    It's even harder to catch in flower, owing to the fact that all plants in a colony will flower at the same time, with the flowers lasting but a day.
    I'm glad you caught it in bloom. Fascinating info and lovely pictures. Thank you for sharing.

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    Good bust! I have been looking for it for years here in Ohio. I figure I will trip and fall one day and it will be right there!

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