from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The column of an orchid, consisting of the united style and stamens.
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Orchids have three pistils and three stamens, but they differ from other flowers, which present these elements as separate units, in that orchids have them fusioned into one structure called column or gynostemium, located in the center of the labelum, that usually showy and colored lip we admire in the flower.
Then, pollinia slowy curve until they reach for the gynostemium.