Orchidoideae

Orchids in the largest subfamily Orchidoideae have a single terminal stamen and the anthers generally produce one or more waxy masses of pollen called pollinia. 

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Anoectochilus sandvicensis, jewel orchid. This is the showiest of the three species of orchids endemic to the Hawaiian Islands.
Blc Ann Cleo "Momi Lani"
Calypso bulbosa, fairy slipper, false lady's slipper, MacDonald-Dunn Forest, Oak Creek Trail, OR, Mar, 2004.
cata_sp_fls.jpg (10568 bytes) Catasetum sp.
Cattleya "Chocolate drop"
cat_sp_fls.jpg (12407 bytes) Cattleya sp., a very showy genus commonly seen in corsages.
cym_sp_fls.jpg (10946 bytes) Cymbidium sp.
Dendrobium sp. In this orchid all of the perianth segments are of the same color and texture. One of the petals is modified into a labellum. Opposite the labellum is a three-angled pink and whitish column with a bright yellow stamen at the top. A pair of orange pollinia are partly exposed on the side facing the labellum (left photo). In the flower on the right, the 2-lobed anther and pollinia have been removed, leaving a pair of depressions in the top of the column.
Encyclia cochleata var. alba (x self)
Liparis  hawaiensis, 'awapuhiakanaloa, twayblade, 1 - epiphytic on tree trunk, pseudobulb clearly visible, 2 - terrestrial form - 3 - complete flower, endemic to Hawaii.
Listera cordata, heartleaved twayblade, vic. Alsea Falls, OR, April, 2004.
Miltassia (Miltonia x Oncidium) "Olmec Kanno"
Orchis latifolia. This attractive terrestrial orchid is native to the French Alps (vic. Aussois).
Orchis ustulata. This is a terrestrial orchid found in the French Alps (vic. Aussois).
Phalaenopsis soroa.
Phalaenopsis Maki Watanabe "Carmela"
Renanthe sp., notice the displaced pollinium on the column in the second photo.
spa_pli_fls.jpg (12324 bytes) Spathoglottis plicata.
Stelis cf. argentata These tiny flowers have 3 brownish outer perianth segments and 3 greenish inner ones. One of the inner segments forms a miniature pouchlike labellum. The column is yellowish.
Zygopetalon zbg white x self

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