CaliforniaMama Monday Apr 22 03:08 PM
April 22, 2013 - Earth Day Orchid
Lamplighter Monday Apr 22 03:22 PM
Now I'm caught between Horsehead Nebula and the Geigo Pig
xoxoxoBruce Monday Apr 22 03:57 PM
The Orchid family is amazing, so many different shapes and colors.
ZenGum Monday Apr 22 07:56 PM
The reason orchids are so weird is that the genes which control the development of the flower are all on a single section of the DNA (just one chromosome, IIRC) which doesn't do anything else. This means random changes to the flower can take place without messing up stuff like the plant's biochemistry and overall structure.
xoxoxoBruce Monday Apr 22 08:26 PM
Ah, dat splain it. Thanks.
Gravdigr Tuesday Apr 23 01:21 PM
The plant we get vanilla from is an orchid...Do we eat any other orchids?
Lamplighter Tuesday Apr 23 01:33 PM
Being familiar with the word "orchidectomy", my brain immediately
Undertoad Tuesday Apr 23 01:49 PM
What you mean "we" kemosabe?
BigV Tuesday Apr 23 01:52 PM
I had some at a Rockies game once during a visit to Denver.
xoxoxoBruce Tuesday Apr 23 04:36 PM
Yeah, but you eat Lutfisk and slurp oysters, so we know that you're a human garbage disposal.
BigV Tuesday Apr 23 04:44 PM