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Exotic Flowers!

Asher Kelman

OPF Owner/Editor-in-Chief
And this flowering on the Croton tree in front ofmy deck today:

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Peter,

What a unique find!

Are you sure this is a Croton tree as the pictures I found so far seem to be round with spikes like a coronavirus!

Yours look more like some variety of simplified orchid!

But this plant’s flowers are new to me so I remain puzzled!

Could this be a parasitic plant that grows on your tree?

Any chance you know the species name!

Asher
 

Asher Kelman

OPF Owner/Editor-in-Chief
Peter,

It is the orchid Epidendrum lacustre and it is epiphytic. The Croton tree hosting it is not visible in the photo.
That makes sense, Peter as I wondered about that in the options possible. So thanks for confirming my hunch!

I appreciate so much, learning from you! Life is one organism depending on so many others!

Asher
 

Asher Kelman

OPF Owner/Editor-in-Chief
A lot of epiphytes hereabouts think my roof is a tree.I've found at least seven different orchid species and some nice bromeliads growing on it.
Think about it, Peter!

if epiphytes can grow from chemicals like fixed nitrogen and phosphates and metal compounds in the air, we are breathing the same crap! What might it do to us?

Asher
 
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