Thursday, 27 December 2012

Orchid of Mayotte


Mayotte Post issued one stamp feature the orchid of Mayotte on January 22, 2007. The stamp presents Phanelopsis orchid.




Phalaenopsis is one of the most popular orchids in the trade, through the development of many artificial hybrids. They are native throughout southeast Asia from the Himalayan mountains to the islands of Polillo, Palawan and Zamboanga del Norte in the island of Mindanao in the Philippines and northern Australia.

The species are sometimes called Moth orchids because some species resemble moths in flight.

Phalaenopsis are among the most popular orchids sold as potted plants owing to the ease of propagation and flowering under artificial conditions. They were among the first tropical orchids in Victorian collections.

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Possessing neither pseudobulbs nor rhizome, Phalaenopsis shows a monopodial growth habit: a single growing stem produces one or two alternate, thick, fleshy, elliptical leaves a year from the top while the older, basal leaves drop off at the same rate.

Phalaenopsis are unique in that in some species, the flowers turn into green leaves after pollination. As in many other plants, the petals of the orchid flowers serve to attract pollinating insects and protect essential organs.

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