Native to the Andes mountains of Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia, Anguloa virginalis is part of the botanical family known as Tulip orchids. The profile of these flowers look much like that of a tulip, thus the name.
The flowers are very fragrant which attracts bees in particular to pollinate. They are also known as Cradle Orchids because they rock back and forth when bees land on the lip of the flower to get at the pollen inside.
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Tropical High Elevation House
Fuqua Orchid Center
Atlanta Botanical Garden
Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Tamron 16-300 Di II VC PZD Macro
135mm at f/8 – 1/100 sec – ISO 800