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Upload date:February 25, 2012


Peristeria elata is the national flower of Panama and is reportedly threatened with extinction in the wild. The common name is the 'Dove Orchid' since it appears to have a dove inside it. Others call it the or the 'Holy Ghost Orchid'. the genus' name is from the Greek word peristerion meaning 'from dove'. Its a terrestrial orchid, which typically have upright flower spikes that flower sequentially. The black specks on the outside of the flower and on the stem seem to be part of the overall design/coloration of the flower, as are the blackened edges around the ends of the petals as the flowers have been open for less then 24 hours at the time of this picture. To me the flowers smelled faintly of licorice.- See lightbox for more
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