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Birdies by Althytrion Birdies by Althytrion
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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:iconlumizet:
Awesome gallery at all!:)
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:iconalthytrion:
Thank you very much! :thanks:
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:iconkeshae:
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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:iconalthytrion:
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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:iconkayaksailor:
what darling and delicate little flowers!
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:iconalthytrion:
:D Yes, indeed they are twee ... Thanks, Ruth! :)
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:icondeb-e-ann:
These are pretty and you have taken these really well :clap:
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:iconalthytrion:
Thank you so much, Debbie! :D
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:icondeb-e-ann:
My pleasure Luv :hug:
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LemnosExplorer Jan 26, 2008  Professional Artist
this one looks like a bird with wings, a kingfisher !
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