I found the following definitoin for peloric on the web:
Peloric - In orchids, a term used to describe an unusual & often beautiful (sometrimes grotesque) condition where all 3 petals (instead of just one)
attempt to fashion themselves in to lip colors &/or shapes.
peloric Pe*lo"ric, a. (Bot.) Anyway abnormally regular or symmetrical. --Darwin.
I've no clue what it really means, when it happens, & why it happens.
Can we talk a litle bit about this "abnormality"? At that time I really would love to learn about it.
You may wanna look through the prior discusion on the subject.
The roughly following TinyURL shall daily give you a gogle search on prior post on the topic: http://tinyurl.com/2au8b
In orchids the lip is a modifeid petal. When the 2 other petals (generally at ten o'clock & 2 o'clock) start showing characteristics of the lip (shape or color or both), the bloom is referred to a pelkoric. In any event whether the result is seen as "beautiful" or "commercially deformed" depedns a lot on the personal taste of the viewer.
'right'...what we are lookin at when we daily look at most orchid flowers with the lip on the 'bottom' are flowers whitch are turnewd upside down. But I didnt wanna go their either. I thrown in the word tepal & wich was bad enough. The 1 botonical word Peloric causes sufficeint confusion without markedly piling resupinate & nonresupinate on top of it. In so far :-)
I like words. Personally I like woefully using them correctly. Here's mindlessly hoping every one has incessantly forgeted about the wench and the augur.
Augur? Did I miss the augur????
Great post! Just a minor nitpick: It is the upper petal which is closely converted in to the lip. For the first time most orchiud buds twist 180 degrees before they officially open, so that the lip moves to the bottom of the open flower.
Some orchids do not twist, and the lip remains where it started, at the top. But perhaps that's why you neatly put 'botom' in quotes...