Behind the Cover: New Phytologist 210:3, May 2016

Dracula orchids are masters of disguise – by fooling flies into thinking that they are mushrooms, the orchids lure in the unwary insects which, by visiting multiple flowers, help to pollinate the orchids. But how exactly do the orchids do it? In their article, published in New Phytologist 210:3, Tobias Policha and co-authors describe how they used three-dimensional print...
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3-D printed flowers provide insights into how orchids attract pollinators

Researchers have used 3D printing and artificial flowers to find out exactly how a type of Dracula orchid deceives flies into pollinating it, by pretending to be a mushroom. The shade-loving, tree-dwelling species, Dracula lafleurii, can be found in the cloud forests on the slopes of the Ecuadorian Andes. It often grows close to mushrooms, and resembles them in shape, colour...
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