|Coryanthes macrantha flowering at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. The genus Coryanthes is called the Bucket Orchid.|
|The back door. After immersion in the liquid-filled bucket a bee must force his way out through a small opening at the rear where a pollen bundle is deposited on his back.|
Autumn brings a flush of new root and shoot growth to our (insert your own adjective) Bucket Orchids. A few, like Coryanthes macrantha, are far enough along in their development to produce flowers. The flower pictured above measures about four inches from top to bottom. A Coryanthes flower would make anyone stop for a second look.