Orchids give nothing in return to pollinators, so how come they get visited by bees anyway? The answer is trickery and deceit.
Dendrobium flowers in Guizhou province, China, June 28, 2020.
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Dendrobium orchids are familiar to most people in bouquets, but they are in high demand in China for use in traditional medicines. Can Beijing find ways to grow these threatened plants sustainably?
The internet has become a new player in plant care advice.
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Plant care advice abounds on TikTok, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube – but not all of it is good. A plant expert debunks four common recommendations.
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Contributions from citizen scientists who look for orchids are incredibly valuable in orchid research because they cover much more ground than a handful of experts.
Rhizanthella speciosa from Barrington Tops.
What blooms underground and smells like vanilla? The answer is an underground orchid, and I never expected to see one, let alone have the privilege of working on them.
Rodd’s star hair (
Astrotricha roddii) an Endangered NSW shrub.
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Australia’s plants help make our landscapes unique. But many are in grave danger of extinction, and in many cases, the problem is getting worse.
For sale: a bird market in Indonesia.
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By understanding what drives people to buy wild species, we can figure out how best to stop them.
The butterfly orchid grows beautifully.
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The blotched butterfly orchid (Sarcochilus weinthalii) looks fairly unremarkable when it’s not flowering, generally resembling the far more common orange blossom orchid. But when it flowers, it is exquisite…
Australia is the world centre for sexual deception in plants, tricking wasps along the way.
Some sneaky plants steal food instead of exclusively making their own.
Since plants can’t pick up and move to greener pastures if conditions are tough, some have evolved interesting and sneaky strategies to make a living.
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Scientists are racing against the clock to figure out how to propagate the rare leek orchid before it goes extinct.