Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Orchids Evolve to Lure Pollinators

Orchids, like humans, use their lips to attract and entice others, and now new research finds that intense competition underlies their formation and constant changes.

Two competing groups of proteins are engaged in an evolutionary war that helps to explain why orchids are so beguiling and come in many different shapes and sizes, according to a new study published in the latest issue of the journal Nature Plants.

An orchid lip is important because "it acts as a landing pad or serves as a platform for potential pollinators, such as insects, moths and butterflies,"  Read the whole article here...

The "come hither" look of orchids, such as this member of the genus Phalaenopsis, ties with their attractive appearance.

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