Spontaneous mutations in orchids occur in both wild and cultivated plants, but they manifest most often in those that are genetically manipulated and heavily cloned for the mass market. In commercially-grown ORCHIDS, they cause aberrations in petal structure and color. While often rejected by American Orchid Society standards, these mercurial oddities can become prized and even purposefully bred. This project compares normal and mutated blossoms of the same variety.
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