In orchids, one of the petals is modified as a lip. Usually flat in shape, the lip plays the role of a landing pad for pollinators. However, there are a few genera in which the lip is quite different – pouched.
The pouch varies in shape and size, sub-cylindric, obovoid, globose etc., and plays the role of a trap. Pollinators get attracted to the colour patterns on the flower parts and get trapped in the pouch thus helping in pollinating the flower.
Post 27 – 08/November/2020