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Orchids 101: The biology behind these elegant flowers

By: Anna Norris on Jan. 21, 2014, 9:19 a.m.
Phalaenopsis hieroglyphica

Photo: Anna Norris

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Mysterious markings

Other orchids have patterns without such a clear purpose, like the markings on Phalaenopsis hieroglyphica that resemble the ancient Egyptian language. But the mystery should come as no surprise — with so many diverse species, there will always be something new to learn about these incredible plants.