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Clear Mountain Garden TreasuresCycnoches barthiorum

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Glossary
inflorescence
A flowering shoot with more than one flower.
Inflorescences may be branched or unbranched.
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pseudobulb
A swollen stem found mainly in orchids
see also Bulbs, Corms and Tubers.
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resupinate
Flowers, in particular orchids, the rotate 180° before opening.
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inflorescence
A flowering shoot with more than one flower.
Inflorescences may be branched or unbranched.
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pseudobulb
A swollen stem found mainly in orchids
see also Bulbs, Corms and Tubers.
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resupinate
Flowers, in particular orchids, the rotate 180° before opening.
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Cycnoches barthiorum

Flower

Male flower
Family Orchidaceae
Name Cycnoches barthiorum "Pink Dove"
Abbreviation Psh.
Etymology
Cycnoches From Greek kyknos meaning swan, and Greek auche meaning neck, referring to shape of the slender column that together with the sepals resembles a swan.

  See also:  Other Genera

Cycnoches barthiorum comes from low elevation forests of southern Columbia. In the autumn the long trailing inflorescences grow from a lateral node on top of the pseudobulb, just before the leaves are shed. Unlike most orchids, the flowers are non-resupinate, so the frilled lip is on top.

On the male flower, the lip is hinged so that when an insect lands on the lip, it flips forwards bringing the insect's back into contact with the pollen at the end of the column. The female flower grows on different inflorescences, and usually a plant will only have only male or only female flowers on any flowering. The male and female flowers look completely different, and in the past botanists have even classified male and female plants as different species.


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