1. Slipper orchid - Paphiopedilum micranthum

    This is a Slipper orchid of the species Paphiopedilum micranthum (Asparagales - Orchidaceae), which due to the angle of the photo resembles a strange humanoid face.

    This orchid inhabits open, mossy, wet forest on highly eroded limestone mountains in China and Vietnam. Despite its remote habitat, P. micranthum has appeared in large quantities in cultivation since 1984 but is declining in the wild.

    References: [1] - [2]

    Photo credit: ©Piotr M. | Locality: cultivated (Leasingham Orchid Show, 2009)

     
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