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Ornithocephalus, bird head, is the name of this orchid, and the flowers really resemble little birds with tiny heads and long beaks. Their size is only about 1/5" = 5 mm. :D

I turned this picture upside down. In fact, the iris-like foliage of this epiphytic plant is growing downwards and the flowers are non-resupinate. ;)

Edit: resupination: the "lips" of the nearly all orchid flowers we find in garden centers or at exhibitions are at a 6 o'clock position. This is what we humans consider to be the "normal" way but in fact these flowers are rotated by an angle of 180° - they are resupinate! Originally, the lip is at the 12 o'clock position and moves to 6 o'clock during the development of the flower bud. Only for some species, the position of the lip remains unchanged. :)
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lumizet Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010
Awesome gallery at all!:)
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Althytrion Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010
Thank you very much! :thanks:
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keshae Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2008
Beautifully fragile! Thanks for sharing all these beautiful plants. I haven't had a chance to appreciate so much beauty in nature =)
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Althytrion Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2008
Thank you very much, Vivienne! I agree - it needs a long time to see all those beautiful things in nature - but you can find a lot of them when you're visiting a good botanical garden (tho in this special case I really appreciate that this orchid is a plant of my own!) :D
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2008
what darling and delicate little flowers!
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Althytrion Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2008
:D Yes, indeed they are twee ... Thanks, Ruth! :)
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Deb-e-ann Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2008
These are pretty and you have taken these really well :clap:
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Althytrion Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2008
Thank you so much, Debbie! :D
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Deb-e-ann Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2008
My pleasure Luv :hug:
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LemnosExplorer Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2008  Professional Artist
this one looks like a bird with wings, a kingfisher !
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Althytrion Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2008
Yes, you're right, Vassilis! ;)
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Ehmery Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
I had to fullview but it does look like two swans :)
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Althytrion Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2008
Yeah! :) When I'm watching them under my magnifying glass they are sparkling in the sunlight - and they just look like some strange mixture of alien birds and insects! ;)
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wytrvn Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2008  Professional Photographer
Amazing little flowers! :clap:
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Althytrion Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2008
Thank you so much! :hug:
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wytrvn Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2008  Professional Photographer
:hug:
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crazygardener Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2008
WOW!!!!! i'm amazed!!!!!! great mico shot!!!!!
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Althytrion Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2008
Thanks you very much, Dave! :)
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crazygardener Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2008
my pleasure
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K-lenx Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Where does the plant come from? I've never seen or heard such interesting orchid.
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Althytrion Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2008
This genus has some 30-50 species (please scroll down) in the tropical regions of Central and South America. :)

I have only two in my collection: this one which is called Ornithocephalus myrticola and a second one of an unknown species. ;)
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K-lenx Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
aha, South America... I don't know much about their orchids. Thanks for sharing something different!
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Althytrion Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2008
Is there a possibility for you to get orchids from other continents (tho you've got such a diversity in your own country that you may not have such needs)?
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K-lenx Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
yes, mom bought 2 pots of 'desert orchids' (really don't know the name) from Africa. too bad I didn't take some photos when I was there...
But I don't think we could keep pleiones and more healthy at tropical climate.
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Althytrion Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2008
Oh, maybe you can keep Pleiones. ;) It's a common practice here in Europe to overwinter them in the refridgerator!

I think it could function also in your climate. You only have to give them a rest of 3 or 4 months in the fridge - if your mother allows. They don't need much of space: simply put the bare pseudobulbs (all covered by a piece of absorbent paper in order to absorb moisture) without pots into a plastic bag and then into the fridge at 4 °C! :)
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K-lenx Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Neat! I'll try if I get one of them. Thanks for the tips.
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Althytrion Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2008
My pleasure! :thumbsup:
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GreenMusic Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2008
Supertolle Blüten!! Sie sehen wirklich wie kleine Vögel aus. Sehr schöne Aufnahme und gute Idee die Blüten zu drehen - wirkt sehr interessant!! :)
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Althytrion Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2008
Danke schön! :hug:
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UnutulmusHatira Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2008  Student
diese gelben.. Dinger sehen wirklich aus wie Kolikbrie kö;pfe lol :D
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Althytrion Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2008
LOL :lol: yaa
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UnutulmusHatira Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2008  Student
:D
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MurkraD Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2008
Great detail :)
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Althytrion Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2008
Thank you very much! ;)
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debinglis Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2008
...what amazing little flowers! Great photo... :clap:
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Althytrion Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2008
Thank you! :)
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LadyLyonnesse Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2008
OK, so I had to go and look up non-resupinate! This shot captures the depiction of a birds head perfectly. It reminds me of an ibis, to be honest.
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Althytrion Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2008
Yes, I got the same idea of an ibis when I first saw these flowers! :highfive:

Well, and I add an explanation for "resupination" - hope it's understandable! ;)
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LadyLyonnesse Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2008
Thank you!
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Althytrion Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2008
My pleasure! ;)
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