Ron Hanko

Ron Hanko

Posted on 02/15/2012

Photo taken on April 25, 2011

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Zygostates alleniana

Zygostates alleniana
This is another miniature orchid and it's from Paraguay. It belongs to a group that is made up of tiny little plants with white or green flowers called the Ornithocephalinae. This plant is 3-4 cm tall and the flowers are .5 cm. These flowers are non-resupinate, which means that unlike the majority of orchids they do not twist when opening to hold the lip at the bottom of the flower. Here, the cup-shaped green and white part of the flower is the lip and the rather odd-looking orange and cream part the column, which, with a bit of imagination, does look like an up-side down bird head.