Saturday, February 28, 2009

Angraecum Erratum

Well, now I feel silly. I got all excited because our Darwin's Orchid bloomed. But with further research, I discovered that our orchid is actually another species that is closely related to Darwin's Orchid. Ours is an Angraecum eburneum, and the orchid that prompted Darwin to make his famous moth prediction was an Angraecum sesquipedale. Sheesh!

Same genus, though, and both are native to Madagascar, and both have that elongated nectary spur.

I feel a lot better now that I've cleared that up.

Anyway, I still feel that an exceptionally long proboscis would be necessary for any moth to get it's way with our Angraecum eburneum.


Andrea said...

Love this have such a unique voice. Your posts are very different from any others that I read...I so look forward to them! :)

dw said...

Thank you so much, Andrea!

mouse (aka kimy) said...

beautiful dog is that an exceptionally long proboscis she's sporting?

herhimnbryn said...

Easy mistake to make. Now just who is this gorgeous doglet?

dw said...

Ah, the doglet with the exceptionally long proboscis is Kasey, our year-old male keeshond prince who plays the baby of the family. I'll have to post more on his adolescenct antics, and Sasha's grandmotherly tolerance.