Neomarica 'crystals'

David Ehrlich
Wed, 20 Oct 2010 17:50:31 PDT
A good magnifying glass should show them off.  These glandular hars are on the 
barred portion of the outer tepals and on the edges and folds of the geniculate 
tepals.  Looking at my old photos at high magnification, these hairs appear to 
have droplets of nectar at their tips, but this may just be the result of their 
shape and the light.

David E.

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Sent: Wed, October 20, 2010 12:45:37 PM
Subject: [pbs] Neomarica 'crystals'

Dear Bulbophiles - 

I believe what Helen is referring to as 'crystals' are the hairs found on the 
flowers of the species. When examined closely the hairs are barely visible to 
the naked eye. Depending on how the light hits them they can either give a 
velvet appearence or refract light causing the flower to sparkle - like it is 
dusted with crystals.I have only examined a few species under magnification and 
can't verify that all the species have these hairs. 


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