Ophrys apifera var. chlorantha

Posted by Swissblad on Tue Jun 06, 2023 5:20 am

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We were very fortunate to find another rare semi hypo-chromatic bee orchid variant, O. apifera var chlorantha. Unlike O. apifera var. basiliensis with its distinct 5 lobed sepal/petal mix, this family member retains the prime structural features of the parent wild type, namely a triad of large sepals (virtually devoid of pigment) and two small rudimentary petals.

Since bee orchids are self pollinating, this ensures the survival and proliferation of these variants adjacent to wild type populations without any genetic interaction between the two.

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by david fletcher on Tue Jun 06, 2023 7:23 am
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An exquisite Orchid, Sinuhe. Beautifully done.
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by Carol Clarke on Tue Jun 06, 2023 11:20 am
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Delicate and beautiful orchid, captured in a beautiful image!

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by Tom Whelan on Tue Jun 06, 2023 8:12 pm
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The all green palette suits this lovely orchid.

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by Swissblad on Fri Jun 09, 2023 2:05 am
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Thank you for the kind comments and EP - much appreciated.

Have a great WE ;)

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