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The Angraecums are blooming!

This is a discussion on The Angraecums are blooming! within the Photography Archive 1 forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Commonly known as "Darwin's Orchid," the Angraecum bloom (specifically, Angraecum sesquipedale) has a nectar tube ...

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    Default The Angraecums are blooming!

    Commonly known as "Darwin's Orchid," the Angraecum bloom (specifically, Angraecum sesquipedale) has a nectar tube over 10 inches long. As the story goes, because the flower is white (and therefore glows in the moonlight), Charles Darwin postulated that a moth must exist with a tongue over 10 inches long that pollinates these specific plants. At the time he forwarded his hypothesis, he was mocked and outrightly ridiculed. The Victorians were not ready to hear that a natural object of such beauty was "designed" for such a "lowly," sexual purpose. Only years later, after Darwin's death, was the specific moth found and seen in action, thereby proving his hypothesis correct. The flower pictured here from our personal collection is Angraecum Veitchii (sesquipedale X eburneum). Its nectar tube isn't quite as long as that of its 'sesquipedale' parent, but the 5 inch wide bloom is impressive nonetheless. Enjoy!
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