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Ghost Orchid closeup | by NC Orchid
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Ghost Orchid closeup

This legendary, epyphitic, leafless orchid (Dendrophylax lindenii) from south Florida was the star of a book (Orchid Thief) & movie (Adaptations) some years ago. Although I have seen a bunch of the plants hiking in the Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve over the years, this photo was taken of a cultivated plant grown by a friend. It is the second bloom of the season and there is another bud on the spike.

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Uploaded on June 20, 2007