Wacky Wednesday: The Flying Duck Orchid

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Wednesdays on this blog we will make them wacky! We will be looking at a wacky plant or wacky garden and give you some interesting facts about it. This week, we will be examining the wacky Flying Duck Orchid.

Flying Duck Orchid
Flying Duck Orchid

This plant is wacky! In order for it to be pollinated it needs to attract male sawflies. The sawfly approaches thinking it found a female. Once close, the plant traps the fly. The only escape is through the bottom of the flower. At which point, the fly can escape and this process also pollinates the flower.

Dark Flying Duck Orchid
Dark Flying Duck Orchid