Orchid has sex with itself

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    Chinese Orchid Found to Have Sex With Itself
    Thursday, June 22, 2006

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    •FOX News CountryWatch: China
    BANGKOK, Thailand — For one type of orchid in China, procreating is a lonely affair.

    Rather than depending on insects or even the wind for pollination, scientists have discovered that the orchid Holcoglossum amesianum actually fertilizes itself, according to a report in this week's Nature.

    The orchid defies gravity to twist the male part of its flower into the necessary shape to fertilize the female one, a team led by LaiQuang Huang of Tsinghua University found.

    The plant does so without the help of sticky fluids or other methods used by self-pollinating plants to ensure that the pollen reaches the egg, LaiQuang reported. This makes it a new method of pollination, he said.

    The team studied more than 1,900 flowers of this species, which grows on tree trunks in China's Yunnan province and flowers during the dry, windless months of February to April.

    The orchid produces no scent or nectar, and the researchers did not see a single instance of pollination by an insect or by wind

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,200503,00.html
     
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    I'm counting the days until people use this discovery as a means to justify homosexuality. It'll happen. Watch.
     
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    So what? There are a gazillion high school aged kids having sex with themselves every day.
     
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    It'd be much more effective as a means to justify autosexuality.

    ;)
     
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    I know what autosexuality is. This story will likely be used to justify homosexuality the same way a few penguins are used to justify the acts. "See? Even PLANTS have unique sexuality! That plant didn't CHOOSE To have sex with itself...it was BORN that way. If PLANTS can be born to have sex in a different way, why can't PEOPLE??"
     
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    bu-huh-but... people DO have sex with themselves. :D
     
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    right?
     
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    Don't give acludem any ideas.
     
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    You get it. Exactly.
     
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    Right.
     

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