Why do Masdevallia orchids smell so bad?



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    There are over 500 species in the Masdevallia genus, and, I’m fairly certain, not all of them smell the same.  That said, orchids as a family pollinate in an usual way, delivering pollen in a single mass rather than distributing it evenly.  Ordinarilly when a flower has a strong, foul odor, the purpose is to attract different pollinating insects.  Beetles and flies, for example, are atracted by foul odors, honeybees by sweet odors.

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