Photos of extraordinary plants (11): C.debile

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Abgeschickt von Michael Weinert am 12 April, 2001 um 19:30:00

These pictures show the natural position of the C.debile flower. It is a tiny species (the diameter of the clay pebbles is 4-8 mm!) and most photos show the flower in an artificial, upright position. In reality the flower is hidden under the leaves and furthermore it is turned upside down (the lip upwards). I assume that this special position is an adaptation to heavy rain fall during the flowering season because it prevents the lip from being filled with water and consequently losing its function as a trap for pollinating insects. Another reason for the position of the flower under the leaves may be that the pollinators cannot fly or don't fly well.