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    Quote Originally Posted by Malice View Post

    Blue Orchids <3
    Blue orchids such as the one you posted DON'T EXIST. They are either artificially colored, painted, or the result of Photoshop.

    Dendrobiis lack the ability to synthetize blue pigments.

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    So far, the only TRUE blue orchid is a very primitive Australian genus, called Thelymitra.



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    However, some other more evoluted genera can produce a color very close to lavender-blue.

    For instance, Herschelia graminifolia (from South Africa):



    Or more widely known, Vanda coerulea (Himalayas and Thaïland):

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    In Europe, you also have an orchid genus capable of near-blue color, but the process it uses is somewhat unique, since it doesn't rely on pigments but instead reflects polarized light (hence the almost metallic sparkle), just like a shining beetle would. And indeed, the flower tries to mimic insects, if you were wondering.

    For instance, a close-up of Ophrys speculum (Corsica, France):

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    Calla Lilies are my favorites of all time. They are terribly elegant.


    Blue Orchids come second.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackmail! View Post
    In Europe, you also have an orchid genus capable of near-blue color, but the process it uses is somewhat unique, since it doesn't rely on pigments but instead reflects polarized light (hence the almost metallic sparkle), just like a shining beetle would. And indeed, the flower tries to mimic insects, if you were wondering.

    For instance, a close-up of Ophrys speculum (Corsica, France):

    Beautiful!



    Is it just me or does this get anyone else hot and bothered? It looks like the genitalia of an alien.

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    liverwort (hepatica nobilis):


    Pečeňovník trojlaločnatý (Hepatica nobilis) by Photo Nature, on Flickr


    Pečeňovník trojlaločnatý (Hepatica nobilis) by Photo Nature, on Flickr

    greater pasque flower (pulsatilla grandis):


    DSC_7423 Pasque Flower by Iwiq, on Flickr

    common pasque flower (pulsatilla vulgaris):


    Sasanka - Pulsatilla vulgaris - Pasque flower by arjuna_zbycho, on Flickr

    garden buttercup (ranunculus sp.):


    Ranunculus by Subspace, on Flickr

    sunflower (helianthus annuus):


    OH sunflower by jeffreyc42, on Flickr
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    The Peace Rose:


    Calla Lily:


    Jasmine:


    Lavender:


    Trailing Rosemary:

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    "Where wisdom reigns, there is no conflict between thinking and feeling."
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    I like lavenders. Only, no native lavenders grow in my country

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    Pretty <3
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