2004-12-26 Atlanta Botanical Garden with Parents - rajiv
This is a Phalaenopsis (fail-an-op-sis) orchid. Do you know what makes an orchid an orchid? In orchids, the sexual parts of the flower, the stamens and pistils, are fused into a single structure called the 'column.' In the Phalaenopsis orchid shown here, the' column' is in the center of the flower just above the 'lip'. (Caption contributed by Tom Oder.)

This is a Phalaenopsis (fail-an-op-sis) orchid. Do you know what makes an orchid an orchid? In orchids, the sexual parts of the flower, the stamens and pistils, are fused into a single structure called the 'column.' In the Phalaenopsis orchid shown here, the' column' is in the center of the flower just above the 'lip'. (Caption contributed by Tom Oder.)

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