Crystallized coyote skull… death succumbing to beauty and renewal.
From the series Crystal Skulls, Skin, and Bones
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Catasetum expansum (Ecuador)
Catasetums, unlike most orchids, produce male and female flowers seperately (which look almost nothing alike) and are a fairly diverse group of orchids with color variations occurring among orchids of the same species from different regional areas. This led to a lot of confusion from a taxonomic sense and many species were described many times under different names. Most of the variation occurs in the more colorful male flowers and Catasetum expansum is no different. Flowers can bloom in varying shades of yellow to green and have intense spotting in reds and browns or have none at all.
This is a favorite of mine with its green flowers and egg yolk colored prominence on the lip. These tend to be visited by euglosine bees and as they are drawn into the flower by its fragrance and color it will inevitably brush by the “trigger” guarding the opening of the nectary and be smacked across the forehead by the pollen that is waiting compressed in the staminode. Once the bee has regained its composure, it usually will go about its business again this time depositing the pollen on the stigmatic surface of the flower and complete the pollination process (or stumble onto another flower only to be assaulted again).
I have written previously about the culture of Catasetums and their relatives under #cycnoches.
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