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The Orchid Show
The Orchid Show
The Orchid Show

Ionopsis utricularioides

The delicate violet

Ionopsis utricularioides

In Greek, "Io" means violet-colored, and "opsis" means resembling: and, indeed, the lip of this pretty, dainty orchid looks quite a bit like a violet. In the wild, its color varies from white to lavender to purple.