It is so appropriate that this beautiful orchid plant called Maxillaria tenuifolia is in bloom in the summer. Just about everything about this orchid plant is unique. The bulbs known as pseudo-bulbs grow from a stem which normally grow out from the growing medium. As the plant matures, the bulbs grow taller on these stems. A closer look at the flower reveals very prominent petals while the sepals (all orchids have three sepals) point forward. The center of the flower looks like a bee. Maxillaria tenuifolia is also very fragrant. The flowers produce a sweet scent of coconut. So I close my eyes and take a whiff and imagine I am on a beach somewhere... :)
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