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Updated Butterfly orchid pic

This is a discussion on Updated Butterfly orchid pic within the Photography Archive 1 forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Here is the latest Psychopsis Mendenhall pic. The plant has been in bloom for about ...

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    Default Updated Butterfly orchid pic

    Here is the latest Psychopsis Mendenhall pic. The plant has been in bloom for about 2 years now with 4 spikes. The flower in the picture is the biggest the plant has ever produced and it measures about 5 inches across and 8 inches tall. My Psychopsis papilio is also still in bloom with 3 three spikes but the flowers are slightly smaller on the species.

    These plants are also commonly called Butterfly orchids because the blooms on very tall thin spikes resemble large butterflies fluttering about.


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    Nice photo Peter! They really do look like butterflies.
    Hey, so if they are trying to attract the pollinator w/ a similar shape, what is that Enc. cocleatum trying to attract?

    Maybe the smell is the attraction?

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    Originally posted by Heather
    Nice photo Peter! They really do look like butterflies.
    Hey, so if they are trying to attract the pollinator w/ a similar shape, what is that Enc. cocleatum trying to attract?

    Maybe the smell is the attraction?
    Definitely not octopuses! It maybe the fragrance, like you said.

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    No, can you imagine that? an octopus trying to get it on w/ the Enc.? LOL! What a sight *that* would be!

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    Originally posted by Heather
    No, can you imagine that? an octopus trying to get it on w/ the Enc.? LOL! What a sight *that* would be!
    I thought this was a "G"-rated website.

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    Originally posted by Jmoney
    I thought this was a "G"-rated website.
    I think she's spending way too much time with her orchids (not a bad thing at all). A true Paph addict, I should say!

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    Hey! That was educational and regarding evolution.....please! (no help from you, Pete, re: that paph thing, for sure!)


    Prudes!

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    No, can you imagine that? an octopus trying to get it on w/ the Enc.? LOL! What a sight *that* would be!
    Heather? Hon?

    We really *do* need to get you out of that museum--you're spending *way* too much time in your head....


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    I guess the true test is whether or not she has paph venustum in her collection. (It took me years before I figured out the innuendos and connotations associated with the blooms of that species).

    I propose that anyone who successfully crosses an encyclia with an octopus be deemed the official site "mad scientist". Bonus points if you get the RHS to register the hybrid.

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    And see? I read that, and I *completely* forgot what this thread was about!

    Nice, crisp photo, Pete. Amazing to me about the size of those blooms. It's too bad there's no way to get an impression of that from the picture. Maybe you could photograph with some kind of prop in the pic whose size is known so there's something to compare the blooms to.

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