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Colopogon tuberosus

Colopogon tuberosus
Photo Information
Copyright: Sebastien Bouchard (odin) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 177 W: 1 N: 209] (1169)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-10
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Nikon D70, Tamron SP AF90mm F/2.8 DI MACRO 1:1
Exposure: f/29.0, 1/80 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-07-29 12:58
Viewed: 4255
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Specific Habitat :The Ottawa district is the northern part of the distribution of this orchid. It is a species of Deciduous, Mixed and Southeastern Coastal Plain Forest Regions and adjacent edges of Boreal Forest. It is normally in unshaded sites such as fens, soggy marl flats, or lush mats of sphagnum moss.
Flowering Season Mid June to August.
Description Height: 10-35 cm.
Leaves basal, 1-2, linear and grass-like.
Raceme lax, flowers 3-8, rarely 12.
Flowers large, pink, rose-purple, or magenta-crimson, rarely white; opening successively. Dorsal sepal narrowly oblong, acute; lateral sepals ovate, oblique; lateral petals with a short claw, ovate-lanceolate or oblong elliptic, often tightly constricted. Lip uppermost with 2 lateral lobes and a prominent triangular middle lobe. Central portion of lip is densely bearded with short cream hairs with orange knobs. Fragrance rose-like or lacking.
Comments Unlike most other orchids, there is no twist in the ovary, so the lip is uppermost in the flower. The lip is also unusually hinged at the base so that it bends forward when a bee settles upon it; thus, the insect is thrown down on its back against the column and becomes smeared with a sticky substance from the stigma. As the bee crawls out, the terminally located pollinia become attached to its sticky dorsal surface. When the bee alights on another Calopogon, the pollinia are transferred to the stigma of that flower.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-07-29 13:18]

Hi Sebastien,
Perfect photo in color, light, texture, sharpness, background and pov. A wonderful orchild.
TFS, José M.

Fascinating flower Sebastien! Wild orchids are quite amazing flowers, and this is one that isn't native to my part of the world. Thanks for sharing!

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-07-31 5:37]

Hello Sebastien,
Wonderful flower close up.Well seen and composed.POV,colors,details,BG and framing are excellent.

Bonjour Sébastien
C'est un très joli macro de cette fleur avec ces jolies couleurs .
beaux details,belles couleurs et beau BG
Merci et au revoir....JP

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