Friday, February 22, 2008

No Moth Predicta

These beautiful orchid flowers finally open fully today. For unclear reasons, the flowers are blemished and not as large as usual. The nectar spurs are only about 2 to 3 inches long. It could be that air circulation is not good this time around, or that I neglected to give this plant any fertilizer. Again, these are descendants of the famous orchid that made Darwin famous, the Angraceum Sesquipedale. This one is Angraceum Superbum. These flowers are waxy and very fragrant at night; and they stay like this until May this year. The moth Predicta apparently does not live in Miami because this plant was not pollinated at all for the past thirty years.

Nocturnal Fragrancy

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