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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The Secret Language of Moth Orchids

Phalaenopsis hieroglyphica

Even if it weren't ridiculously floriferous I would still love Phalaenopsis hieroglyphica. Who can resist the idea of an ancient language inscribed on orchid petals?
You can see this beautiful Philippine orchid in flower now in the Orchid Display House.

The mysterious Phaistos Disc with Cretan hieroglyphs

And if you want to find out what the word Phalaenopsis, or any other word, looks like in ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs, visit Mark Millmore's site, Discovering Ancient Egypt to try out his very cool hieroglyphic typewriter.


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