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Fuzzy Slippers! Pleurothallis hirsuta

This is a discussion on Fuzzy Slippers! Pleurothallis hirsuta within the Orchids of Other Genera IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; These small flowers are around 1/4 to 1/3 inch (.6 to .8 cm) from top ...

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    Default Fuzzy Slippers! Pleurothallis hirsuta

    These small flowers are around 1/4 to 1/3 inch (.6 to .8 cm) from top to bottom. These spikes tend to bloom sequentially over many months, one or two flowers at a time.



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    Very strange looking but most interesting.
    Great piccy as per normal.
    Thanks for sharing.

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    Those are definitely strange! Do the hairs keep pollinating insects "trapped" in some way at the flower?

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    Louis,
    as far as I know, the hairs don't trap anything...although they likely do play a part in attracting pollinators. My guess is that some insect running across those hairs feels a yen to go tiptoeing through the one-lip and pollinating the flower. My guess is, however, nothing more than slightly educated.

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