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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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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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