What can mimic a bug or whack you in the face to get what it wants?


With their beauty, mystery and deceit, the Smithsonian’s collection of nearly 8,000 live orchids try every trick in the book just to get pollinated.

Nine ways to lure a lover, orchid-style

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Saving America’s orchids

The mysterious, disappearing orchid

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Posted: 13 November 2012
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