The inflorescence of Cynorkis kassneriana may be lax as in this photo or densely flowered. It becomes up to 12 cm long.
The insect-like corollas in picture appear as though they are attempting escape from the hold of their controlling green ovaries, in a bid to fly away. Coloured brightly as they are, they would have to be fast and agile to survive in a world populated by so many hungry insectivorous species.
Evolution has not reached the stage of fly-away flowers, at least not on earth. But who knows what tomorrow might bring... flower-eating being common animal practice (www.zimbabweflora.co.zw; www.africanorchids.dk).
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