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Zygopetalum Zygopetalum maculatum
2009-04-17 14:02:14

Zygopetalum is a genus of plant found in the orchid family Orchidaceae. It is part of the subfamily Epidendroideae. This genus consists of 14 species. Its generic name, derived form the Greek word "zygon", means "yoked petal". This name refers to the yoke-like growth at the base of the lip caused by fusion of the petals and sepals (a separate, green part that surrounds and protects the flower...

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ecotone
  • A transitional zone between two communities containing the characteristic species of each.
The word 'ecotone' comes 'eco-' plus a Greek root meaning 'tension'.