White egret orchid evolved frilly petal to support pollinator hawkmoth

Figure 1: The white egret orchid (Habenaria radiata) resembles a dancing white egret. Credit: Kobe University The wild orchid Habenaria radiata’s pure white petals resemble a white egret in flight (hence its common name white egret orchid). H. radiata has been loved by people since ancient times but the adaptive significance of the flower’s characteristic … Read more