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Night-blooming Orchid!! November 22, 2011

Posted by stuffilikenet in Mutants, Science.
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This little beauty, Bulbophyllum nocturnum, is found on the island of New Britain near Papua New Guinea. It has flowers that consistently open after dark and close in the morning, the only one with those characteristics amongst the 25,000 orchid species known to science.

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Only open for business from 10pm to 10am, these blooms wither immediately after opening…once.  Kew Gardens speculates they are pollinated by midges, but this is still under study.

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