Reproduction of orchids

Orchids are one of those flowers that people automatically recognize because of their strong beauty. However, botanists and scientists are even more intrigued with the plant because of their sexual reproduction that the flower goes through. It is far different from what they are used to when it comes to flowers being able to reproduce. The fact is that the orchid flower has not had every member of its species studied to extremes, which the scientific world cannot say for certain why these flowers reproduce the way that they do, and it is something that is going to keep many people busy for the next many years.

The orchid reproduces through the production of seeds that are produced in the thousands and sometimes millions within these orchids. In order to fertilize these seeds, the bee or other insect lands on the flower and carries the pollen to other orchids. In order to fertilize such a large number of seeds, is where the scientific explanation becomes sketchy since it takes quite a bit of pollen. And many wonder if the bee or insect is making more than one trip in order to get it altogether. However, after studying these flowers many researchers have concluded the flower has many characteristics working for it. Those that have seen these flowers notice that it does not have pollen dust all over the petals. This means that when bees land on the flower in hopes of a drink that they are going to slip down the sides of the flower and land in the middle where the bee will have a hard time getting away from and the pollen is repeatedly added to the seeds in order to fertilize them. It seems to be that the flow of the orchid is a clever trick meant to trick those birds and bees that stop to visit the orchid.

Other types of orchids are not relying on birds and bees to pollinate them, they are relying on crawling insects and because of this, the leaves of the orchid grow long and often hang to the ground in order to make it easier for these crawling insects to reach the goal of pollinating the flower. Depending on the type of orchid that it is, will really determine how the reproduction process goes. However, in all types of orchids, the pollen is used to pollinate the seed in order for the flower to reproduce.

Once the seed is fertilized, scientists have also discovered that there are other differences in the seeds when compared to other normal flowers. They say that under a microscope that a fertilized seed is appearing much differently in the structure than other fertilized seeds. It is important to note that those orchids that are kept in homes cannot reproduce because there has to be the fungus called Mycorrhiza present. So for those that are hoping to home reproduce, they are out of luck.

Though the process of reproduction for the orchids are slightly different from other flowers, it is clear that the job gets done as this flower has been around for years, and will continue to be around for many more years.

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