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Flowers Fool Flat-footed Flies by Faking Fungus-infected Foliage

A rare species of lady’s slipper orchid (Cypripedium fargesii) grows black spots that look like a fungus. But it’s not a fungus; it’s a feature, as Zong-Xin Ren of the Chinese Academy of Sciences found out during four years of research. The lady’s slippers are generally pollinated by bees but C.fargesii is different. Over many hours [...]