The dendrobium spectabile orchid is sometimes referred to as the alien orchid, and no wonder. The curly, twisted flowers are very different from the usual orchid look. In addition, the flower is hinged, which prevents it from being fertilized by flying insects but allows crawling insects access.
A strange, but beautiful orchid, it hails from Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.
Posted in response to this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge, ‘Out of This World.’