Orchid

The bucket orchid, or Coryanthes macrantha, features flowers with a "bucket" that the plant keeps half filled with a liquid that drips from two faucets. The flowers are sweetly fragrant, which attracts male Euglossine bees looking for perfume to attract female bees. When males start scratching the flowers to collect the perfume, they fall into the bucket of liquid and can only get out through a hidden trap door. When the bee makes its exit, the orchid puts its pollen on the back of its visitor, pollinating the flower to produce new bucket orchid seeds. (Photo courtesy Steve Urick)
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( Photo courtesy Steve Urick, Daily Press / January 11, 2010 )

The bucket orchid, or Coryanthes macrantha, features flowers with a "bucket" that the plant keeps half filled with a liquid that drips from two faucets. The flowers are sweetly fragrant, which attracts male Euglossine bees looking for perfume to attract female bees. When males start scratching the flowers to collect the perfume, they fall into the bucket of liquid and can only get out through a hidden trap door. When the bee makes its exit, the orchid puts its pollen on the back of its visitor, pollinating the flower to produce new bucket orchid seeds. (Photo courtesy Steve Urick)

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