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   Egg-in-a-nest Orchid

 

Thailand

The Egg-in-a-nest Orchid is a terrestrial orchid of the genus Paphiopedilum, that bears white flowers that are spotted with dark purple dots.

 

The lip of the flower is modified into a slipper-like, egg-shaped pouch, also covered in purple spots, yet much smaller in size than those on the petals, and resembling a spotted bird's egg.

 

   Egg-in-a-nest Orchid

 

   Egg-in-a-nest Orchid

 

See also POSTAGE STAMPS (1), (2), (3), (4), (5), (6), (7), (8) and (9).