Scientists Discovered Orchid Pollinated by Rain

11.09.2017

Amazing plant – Orchid Acampe Rigida, common in South-Western China, uses not the insects or the wind but the rain for pollination. This type of pollination is rare. It is called hydrophilia.

Scientists Discovered Orchid Pollinated by Rain

Hydrophilia is characteristic only for 2% of the flora representatives. As a rule, these are aquatic plants, not terrestrial ones. But the Chinese orchid is an exception.

Acampe Rigida blooms in the rainy season, and this fact has long haunted scientists. After all, during this period, there are much less insects pollinating flowers than usual. As it was found out after two years of observations, it is the drops of water that transfer the pollen from the stamens to the stigma of the orchid.