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Dracula chestertonii

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    Default Dracula chestertonii

    Found in the Western Cordillera of Colombia at 1800-2000m. Plant size 15cm. Flower size 7cm tail to tail. I/C grower.

    "Not only does it emit the smell of a fungus (its odor contains many of the same volatile compounds as mushrooms), but the floral lip of the orchid Dracula chestertonii closely resembles the gilled structure of some mushrooms. When female fungus flies are deceived into depositing their eggs on the flower, they also pollinate the orchid". Kaiser, R. 2006. Flowers and Fungi Use Scents to Mimic Each Other. Science. 311(5762): 806-807.







    Normal hanging position:



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    Dracula orchids are so strange and so cool. Do you grow many of these? I have always thought they were fascinating. This on is wild. I love the green and orange in the coloring and your photographs are outstanding as usual.

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    Love this one Thomas. Your photography is superb.

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    wow thomas, thanks for the detailed shots and info as well!

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    Wonderful photography and a simply weirdly beautiful orchid. It's mesmerizing......

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    I've never seen a Drac with such a huge lip before! The lip reminds me of arteries/veins running through an organ.

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    Great photos, Thomas.

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    Thank you all!

    Bruce - I have 22 species in my collection!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Thomas View Post
    Thank you all!

    Bruce - I have 22 species in my collection!
    That is awesome! They have to be grown way too cool for us to grow them here. I would love to though. For now, I will just admire yours.

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