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Labellum

The third petal of an orchid flower, modified by evolution into a lip often used as an attractive landing platform for pollinators.

 

Lateral sepal

Term used to refer to the two lowermost sepals that extend to the sides, versus the topmost dorsal sepal.

 

lead

An immature vegetative growth on a sympodial orchid that will develop into flower-producing structure.

 

lip

A modified petal of the orchid flower specialized to aid in pollination and different than the other petals. The orchid labellum.

 

lithophyte

An orchid that grows on rocks.

 

Lithophytic

Term used to describe any plant that grows attached to a rock; a subset of epiphytic life.

 

Low light

For orchids, the lowest category of light.

 

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