Scaphyglottis amethystina


Scuticaria steelii


Sobralia sp.
The orchid family have as a rule long-lasting flowers, as long as they are not pollinated. Ephemeral flowers lasting less than one day are more frequent. The short duration is not always conspicuous because of the fast sequence of anthesis. In Sobralia, flowers apparently contain a self-digesting enzyme.

Parrotta, JA (1995) Trees of the Tapajós; A photographic field guide. USDA Forest Service. 370 p.


Trigonidium acuminatum


The flowers of the genus Trigonidium are triangularly shaped when fully open, from which its name is derived.

Sheehan, T & M (1994) An illustrated survey of Orchid Genera. Timber Press Inc 421 p.