Year: 2017 | Month: January | Volume: 4 | Issue: 1 | Pages: 1-6
Orchid’s Extravaganza – an Old Wives Tale
Department of Botany, Charuchandra College, 22- Lake Road, Kolkata-700 029
Orchids are undoubtedly the most diversified flowering plants. Many of them possess most stunning and elegant blooms that are beyond our imagination. The fascinating intricate beauty of flower in the form of colouration and dramatic shapes rarely matched in the world of flora. Several orchids have adopted different forms of mimicry and baroque pollination strategies. For these they have employed different ingenious and seemingly improbable mechanisms of deception. In this presentation the different types of mimicry adopted by orchids and the smart deceptive beauties are discussed with an aim to generate an interest to all nature lovers about the dizzying diversified world of orchids.
Key words: Orchids, Mimicry, Deception, Pseudocopulation.[PDF Full Text]