Odontoglossum blunti from Flore des serres et des jardins de l'Europe : Annales generales d'horticulture.
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Image ID: SIL-bot2004-29811-000001
Supplied Caption: Vol. XVI, opposite p. 81
Original Caption: Odontoglossum blunti.
Maybe you know someone who is crazy about orchids. There is definitely a large fan club for these special, delicate plants! Orchids are highly-evolved flowering plants that exist worldwide with more than 25,000 documented species. Their blossoms are beautifully symmetrical. If you draw a vertical line down the middle of the flower, both sides would be mirror opposites. This image is of one of the world's most exquisite orchids. It is now called the Odontoglossum crispum, but it was previously named the Odontoglossum blunti. Native to high-altitude rainforests of Colombia, it thrives in a cool, heavily shaded, and well-watered environment. These conditions make cultivating this species very difficult, but the flower's beauty makes its special care and attention worthwhile.