Tiny Orchids

October 5, 2012

The forest canopy holds many secrets, kept safe by the towering heights of old-growth trees.  It is only when a branch or tree falls to the forest floor that we really get a chance of exploring the vast flora of the forest canopy.  Such is the case of this tiny orchid of the genus Macroclinium.  Its flowers are only a quarter inch, and its leaves are not more than two inches long, but it lives on the small twigs in the highest parts of the canopy in order to get more sunlight and grow quickly.

- Ernesto Carman

 

Thanks to Ela Villanueva for taking a photo of this beauty.

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