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Is THAT an orchid?

April 24, 2011

Some people believe all orchids are large and showy. Indeed there are such prima donnas, but we must not forget the miniature orchids. The flower of Trichoglottis triflora (Orchidaceae) is only 5 mm, but if you look at it closely it resembles a smiling snowman with a turban decorated with a precious stone. Normally there are 2-3 flowers at each node. There are 60 species in the genus, all from eastern Asia. It was described new to science in 1956 and is known from Southern China and northern Thailand. This species is a part of the Corien and Folbert Bronsema orchid donation. You can support the Orchid Ark too!

Trichoglottis triflora is currently in blossom at Dokmai Garden, Chiang Mai, Thailand.

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