Dove Orchid

PR had taken this picture when we had gone visiting an aunt of mine in kerala.
I have never seen a dove orchid before and didn’t even know that such a type of flower existed.
It is such a beautiful flower. You can see a dove with its wings spread protected by the petals of the orchid. I initially thought this was a man made hybrid variety of the orchid. Apparently I was wrong and this flower happens to be the national flower of Panama.
A beautiful Malayalam poem about the dove orchid has been written by ONV Kurup. An English translation of the poem can be found here.
Kurup describes the relationship and the love between the mother orchid and the baby dove.
I hope all of you enjoy the poem as much as I did.

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