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chicagobotanic The aliens have landed! Setup continues for #theorchidshow--these UFOs are now set up in the greenhouses and are getting potted up with #orchids! 4h

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chicagobotanic #orchidfacts: Many Ophrys orchids (such as Ophrys archipelagi) lure their pollinators in by looking like a hot date—a female bee. The beautiful Ophrys apifera or bee orchid, however, is a self-pollinator. (It’s thought that the original bee pollinator is extinct.) Can you guess which of these is NOT the pollinator of an orchid? Wasps, hummingbirds, bats, spiders, midges, moths, flies, or ants. (Answer: Spiders are carnivores, so they aren’t notable pollinators of orchids.) Photo Hans Hillewaert/CC-BY-SA-3.0 #theorchidshow 1d

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chicagobotanic Hardscape installation is beginning for #theorchidshow! Here, gnarly branches are threaded through a metal framework panel hanging in the Tropical Greenhouse. Soon it will be packed with moss and hundreds of orchids! 2d

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chicagobotanic We're busy unpacking for #TheOrchidShow! 3d

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chicagobotanic #orchidfact: Propagation of orchids in the wild isn't always easy! Orchids have evolved quite a few requirements for their pollinators. Time limits—an individual bloom may last just a single day on one species, or many months on another, and scent—anything from floral to rotting meat is on the “menu”—are two big factors in who pollinates a particular orchid. Many Bulbophyllum orchids (like this Bulbophyllum biflorum) have flies as pollinators—they’ve developed the scent of rotting meat to attract them. #theorchidshow 1w

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chicagobotanic We ️orchids! Our first shipment arrived this week. #theorchidshow #valentine 1w

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chicagobotanic #orchidfacts: The markings on pansy-faced orchid Miltoniopsis ‘Tome Yokohama’ have a purpose: called “nectar guides,” they help direct pollinators (like bees) to the center of the flower. Nectar guides aren’t always visible to the human eye, however—many only show up in ultraviolet light, which is easily seen by bees and other insects. #theorchidshow opens February 14! 2w

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chicagobotanic #TheOrchidShow is already drawing interest. @ABC7Chicago came down this morning to see what we have coming up. 2w

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chicagobotanic #orchidfacts: Light shining through a vanda orchid like this Vanda cerulea reveals its stained glass patterning, called tessellation, after a mathematical method of breaking down polygons. When complementary polygonal shapes are repeated without any gaps (think M.C. Escher), a pattern is revealed. #theorchidshow 3w

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chicagobotanic #orchidfacts: The two long, spiraling, lateral sepals of tropical lady slipper Paphiopedilum Chiu Hua Dancer are a result of its incredible parentage—a cross of the king and queen of Paphiopedlums, P. gigantifolium x P. sanderianum. (The petals of the latter have been known to reach 1 meter in length! Extinct in the wild, P. sanderianum is now only found in the UNESCO-protected growing region of Gunung Mulu National Park in Borneo.) #theorchidshow 3w

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chicagobotanic #orchidfacts: Orchid flowers smell different at different times of the day. Some smell strongly at night to attract night-time pollinators, while others will smell lightly fragrant during the day. The flower of the vanilla orchid, Vanilla planifolia, only blooms its delicious scent for one day, yet everyone remembers its aroma! The processed pods (fruit) of the plant are even more fragrant, due to the high amount of vanillin they contain, an extract used in cooking and fragrances around the world. #theorchidshow
#vanilla
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chicagobotanic When is a double-cross a good thing? Unlike most other plants, orchids can breed with each other across genera fairly easily. There are many examples of bigeneric orchids such as x Laeliocattleya (a Cattleya orchid crossed with a Laelia), or x Brassocattleya (Cattleya again, but crossed with a Brassovola). In fact, hybrids can be bred again to create beautiful combinations with features of 3 or 4 different orchids, like this x Laeliocattleya Secret Love x Encyclia cordigera. #theorchidshow #orchidfacts 1mon

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chicagobotanic #orchidfacts--Yes! There are true black orchids, bred by Fred Clarke, who appropriately has a genus named after him. Cultivar 'Black Pearl' is shown below; the Black Diamond orchid (Fredclarkeara After Dark 'Black Diamond' FCC/AOS) is the inspiration for the Tom Ford perfume, Black Orchid. #theorchidshow 1mon
  •   theolsonfarm Gorgeous! How do you find these to grow, or can you? 1mon
  •   theolsonfarm Your comments are confusing: is this Black Pearl or Black Diamond cultivar shown? 1mon
  •   anniefriday @simonperrystudio Check out the Tom Ford factoid here. 1mon
  •   chicagobotanic @theolsonfarm The cultivar shown here is Black Pearl. Black Diamond is very similar, but more true black. Our photo is courtesy Stephen Moffitt at catasetinae.com. Visit his site for more extraordinary orchids, or try a google search of both cultivar names to see where you can get one of your own. 1mon
  •   theolsonfarm Thank you! 1mon
  •   verjwhite Truly beautiful. 2w

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chicagobotanic Orchid trivia time! Check out these short-lived, but extreme blooms: Bulbophyllum medusa 'Miami' bears tiny mophead flowers that look like Medusa heads—but they only last a week. #theorchidshow #orchidfacts 2mon

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chicagobotanic Staff from many disciplines around the Garden got a tour of Nielsen-Massey today as research for one of our featured orchids in The Orchid Show: the vanilla orchid! (Our exhibition opens February 15, 2015.) Part of a fascinating collection, these vintage ice cream molds are on display in the reception area. #vanillaisnotplain #omnomnom #TheOrchidShow 3mon

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eirendebby Most favorite flower! Orchidaceae atau dalam bahasa Indonesia ANGGREK.. Kalo yang ini ntah anggrek bulan ambon atau udah masuk dalam Grammatophyllum rumphianum.. Bagi yang tau tlg infoin yaa.. :D
#orchid #orchidaddicted #flower #flora #anggrek #plants #indonesiatreasure #tropicalflower #exploreindonesia #discoveryindonesia #plantae #magnoliophyta #liliopsida #asparagales #theorchidshow #bandung
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mjmpaz Take me back The Orchid Show @ NY Botanical Garden. Full of #colors #reflection #orchidNYBG #NYBG #TheOrchidShow #DelTimboAlTambo 9mon

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