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09-29-2007, 02:49 PM
I just had to share this with you guys! They make these mini orchids these days but there seems to be a side affect that causes some to have 3 central and intricate bitsinstead of just the one. There was also some mini pink versions that had more deffined altered petals, but this was the only yellow one in the shop >.> I shall take more photos at some point.

09-29-2007, 03:59 PM
wow! the top of the center looks almost like a bird of prey, it's wings spread high and the head looking down. it always amazes me what hybridizing and even Mother Nature can come up with from time to time. thanks for sharing this, Chaosia!

09-29-2007, 05:02 PM
the top of the center looks almost like a bird of prey
Yes it look like it is coming rigth out of the flower!

I have a friend who grow roses. He is always on the hunt for mutated roses in his garden.

09-29-2007, 05:36 PM
hehe fozbot so it does XD think thats the pollen pods that look like eyes XD
hehe mutant flowers are usually very interesting.

lani noa
09-29-2007, 07:57 PM
That is very unusual and interesting, ...and yes, I agree, it looks like a bird of prey coming out of the middle.

Charlie's Mum
10-03-2007, 04:03 PM
It looks almost overcrowded doesn't it? Amazing what these breeders will do!
Lovely photos Becky .........
and .........
take a look at October's Plant Parade project! :D (You should join us!)

10-04-2007, 10:30 AM
i totally forgot about last month's XD and that one sounded so much fun XD. van gogh style huh that could be interesting XD i need new paints though and ish like broke :( i shall think about it though my muses have like 101 ideas and all all eeek!however i know when yah do orchids i won't be able to refuse XD
and thankies hehe i don't think the breeders realised this would happen XD

Pencil Me In
10-08-2007, 01:05 PM
Hi, Chaosia!

What you've got there is a peloric orchid. Wikipedia describes it well:

"Orchid flowers with abnormal numbers of petals or lips are called peloric. Peloria is a genetic trait, but its expression is environmentally influenced and may appear random."

Sometimes a peloric orchid tries to make three lips (like yours), instead of two petals above and the lip below in the middle. There are peloric orchids that are cloned and sold specifically for their peloric features (check out this one: Phalaenopsis equestris 'Olympia's Peloric' (http://www.olympiaorchids.com/P.%20equestris%20'Olympia%23BCBBB.jpg)), but most are simply orchids with confused genes. :(

All the best,


10-08-2007, 02:13 PM
Ooooo thankies Susan! that is also one beautiful orchid in that link!