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Ok, this puts Berlin sunsets to shame
Ok, this puts Berlin sunsets to shame
Epipactis helleborine in the Murnauer Moos, a large peat bog on the edge of the Alps in Central Europe. I took the picture in July 2015, but post it now, because I just learned very interesting facts about the plant (beginning to invade some parts of the US) from the American Plant Pathologist  @kaydubsthehikingscientist : She wrote that Epipactis helleborine "produces derivates of morphinan and oxycodone. This isn't an accident. The plant creates these chemicals to addict and attract certain pollinators. The insects return to the plant and exhibit 'insect drunkenness' and linger on the plant increasing the chance of pollination. Even the flight pattern of the insect is influenced by these feel good potions in the nectar. The narcotics also seem to focus on certain species of insects, namely the insects that pollinate the plant specifically; flower flies, wasps, bees, and ants." --- Breitblättrige Stendelwurz (Epipactis helleborine) im Murnauer Moos. Das Foto ist vom Juli 2015, ich poste es jetzt, weil ich von der amerikanischen Pflanzen-Pathologin @kaydubsthehikingscientist gerade gelernt habe, dass diese Orchidee in ihrem Nektar Morphin-Derivate und Oxycodon enthält, wodurch befruchtende Insekten angelockt werden. Inzwischen kommt die ursprünglich europäische Orchideenart auch in Teilen der USA vor. --- #stendelwurz #ständelwurz #helleborine #epipactis #epipactishelleborine  #wildorchids  #botany  #bayern #bavaria #voralpenland #wildflowers #botanical #pflanzen #plant #plants #flora #wildpflanzen #wildplants #murnauermoos #peatland #raisedbog #hochmoor #regenmoor  #bogplants #bns_flowers  #spontaneousorchids #alkaloids #pollinators #oxycodon #morphine
Epipactis helleborine in the Murnauer Moos, a large peat bog on the edge of the Alps in Central Europe. I took the picture in July 2015, but post it now, because I just learned very interesting facts about the plant (beginning to invade some parts of the US) from the American Plant Pathologist @kaydubsthehikingscientist : She wrote that Epipactis helleborine "produces derivates of morphinan and oxycodone. This isn't an accident. The plant creates these chemicals to addict and attract certain pollinators. The insects return to the plant and exhibit 'insect drunkenness' and linger on the plant increasing the chance of pollination. Even the flight pattern of the insect is influenced by these feel good potions in the nectar. The narcotics also seem to focus on certain species of insects, namely the insects that pollinate the plant specifically; flower flies, wasps, bees, and ants." --- Breitblättrige Stendelwurz (Epipactis helleborine) im Murnauer Moos. Das Foto ist vom Juli 2015, ich poste es jetzt, weil ich von der amerikanischen Pflanzen-Pathologin @kaydubsthehikingscientist gerade gelernt habe, dass diese Orchidee in ihrem Nektar Morphin-Derivate und Oxycodon enthält, wodurch befruchtende Insekten angelockt werden. Inzwischen kommt die ursprünglich europäische Orchideenart auch in Teilen der USA vor. --- #stendelwurz  #ständelwurz  #helleborine  #epipactis  #epipactishelleborine  #wildorchids  #botany  #bayern  #bavaria  #voralpenland  #wildflowers  #botanical  #pflanzen  #plant  #plants  #flora  #wildpflanzen  #wildplants  #murnauermoos  #peatland  #raisedbog  #hochmoor  #regenmoor  #bogplants  #bns_flowers  #spontaneousorchids  #alkaloids  #pollinators  #oxycodon  #morphine