6 responses to “Lepanthes dewildei”

  1. Mark Egger

    To me this looks like a slug or snail, but it seems unlikely that would prove helpful to the plant!
    Anyway, Lepanthes is a wonderful genus, and there are 3-4 folks on Flickr who have truly spectacular collections of Lepanthes images. Try searching the entire Flickr site for “Lepanthes”, and you will see what I’m talking about!

  2. Tom Mirenda

    Incredibly lepanthes have a structure inside the flower analogous to the female genitalia of certain fungus gnats. which generally are the pollinators. It is a type of pseudocopulation…this has been documented by several pollination biologists. The Gnats approach the flowers ( which incidentally look nothing like fungus gnats, engage with the internal parts, leave a spermatophore behind and presumably leave happier than they arrived! there are pictures of this if you’d like to see them.

  3. Scott Dilatush

    Thank You Tamara for making me laugh so hard. Nature is awesome !

  4. Everette Lovell

    Hail! Very beautifully taken photos. I’m always awed by amazing diverse forms, functions and features of God’s creation. Glorious. Inexplicable.

  5. Ron B

    During a quick read I didn’t see any mention of this being an orchid.

  6. Daniel Mosquin

    The processes of evolution seem to me to be sufficient enough to explain the diverse forms, functions and features exhibited in nature.

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