A Most Unusual Orchid

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Brassia maculata ‘Majus’ (Spider Orchids)

I spent a long time at the botanical garden last Tuesday – because it was my last visit of the season and I had a hard time saying good-bye. After my ginger limeade and chocolate chip scone, I started for the exit and realized that I hadn’t visited the orchids. I was really tired and there were a lot of people but I couldn’t walk past and possibly miss a new one – one I hadn’t noticed before or had just been added.

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I moseyed around, took some photos with the less-than-optimal care that comes when my body is tired and my brain is foggy. I was reaching the end when I spied this beauty and tried to identify the best way to capture its uniqueness. I wasn’t very successful, because I can only show you by using three images.

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It seems like some things are beautiful because of their simplicity. In many ways I’m simple and enjoy simple beauty. But sometimes the beauty comes from complexity, and those things I enjoy spending time with, pondering.

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  1. Lovely! I was curious about these unusual orchids and found this at Orchidsmadeeasy.com: “The reason Brassia orchids look like spiders is to attract female spider wasps which are it’s pollinators. The blooms mimic the appearance of the spiders that these wasps hunt. When the female spider wasp goes in for the kill, she is instead covered in the Brassia flower’s pollen. She then goes on to her next target and the next Brassia orchid flower is subsequently pollinated.”

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  2. Orchids are so beautiful and one of my favorited sections of the Vallarta Botanical Gardens, but I do not recall anything as unique as these beauties… As Lynn confirmed .. They look spidery and quite elegant. Thank you for going back and finding these orchids.

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    • Thanks, Dan. We are in the middle of packing – and I’m thinking that we really need to cut back on what we take back and forth. LOL I’ve been saying that for 6 years.

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