Man-eating orchid poised to strike

orchid shadow candle
I was given this miniature orchid almost exactly two years ago, for a birthday present. I’d never had an orchid before, and didn’t especially want this one. But it is a fascinating plant! I call it the man-eating orchid because of those air roots, which twist and twine, throwing grotesque shadows when illuminated by candle light. As you can see, though, it has lovely, delicate flowers, which last for weeks. This year, it presented me with a second flower stalk.

You can see a rather different shot of the same plant from August 2013 here.