365 days of orchids – day 330 – Isabellia virginalis

Thanks to Ben for this great closeup of a fantastic miniature species from the Mata Atlantica, Brazil. It develops a particularly interesting basket weave of fibres around growths and pseudobulbs with just the sing leaves and flowers emerging from the protection of the baskets. I can’t find any thorough research on the evolutionary advantage of the protection but perhaps it could be protection against extreme weather or pests?

Joe’s photo shows the whole plant.



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