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Orchids 101: The biology behind these elegant flowers

By: Anna Norris on Jan. 21, 2014, 9:19 a.m.
Stanhopea jenischiana

Photo: Anna Norris

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Worth the wait

Orchids can bloom for as short as a few hours to as many as six months, and it can take years for some plants to bloom. Members of the Stanhopea genus of orchids only bloom for up to three days, including the Stanhopea jenischiana shown here. Also known as upside-down orchids, Stanhopeas bloom out of the bottom of their containers.