May 1, 2013

Porroglossum meridionale

Porroglossum meridionale is another species from a genus of insect-trapping flowers with hinged lips.  When disturbed by a small insect the lip suddenly snaps up trapping the insect against the column and effecting pollination.  I've provided pictures of the flowers with the lip in both positions.  This plant is 6 cm tall, the flower spikes 10 cm in length, and the flowers 1.5 cm.

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