The rarest and the fairest of 'em all #1
Cephalanthera austiniae (Phantom orchid),
Tod Inlet, Gowlland tod provincial park, Victoria, BC,
9 July 2011.
A strikingly beautiful orchid found in the Western United States and Canada. Phantom orchids are found only in mature, old growth forests. They prefer moist and dark places for growth. These orchids have no chlorophyll and depend on the symbiotic mycorrhizae for its nutrition. Phantom orchids are extremely rare and are red listed species in BC. If you come across this beauty please DO NOT TOUCH or disturb the soil around them. Any disturbance may kill it. I consider myself extremely lucky to see this rare beauty.