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Ghost orchid

Dendrophylax lindenii


This rare epiphytic orchid is found in the south Florida sloughs among pop ash, pond apple and sometimes cypress trees. It is a leafless plant containing a photosynthetic root system which it uses to attach itself to the trees.


Sloughs of South Florida and Cuba.

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Yasser 9 years ago

Incredible. What a spotting Mario!

MarioCisneros 9 years ago

Thanks guys!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

Superb spotting Mario..

ceherzog 9 years ago

Great find! You & Clyde Butcher..

dandoucette 9 years ago

I agree with Craig, amazing find! I always think of the movie Adaptation, when I hear about Ghost orchids.

craigwilliams 9 years ago

would an Alligator proof suit be sufficient? ;)

MarioCisneros 9 years ago

Thanks you, Craig. Very difficult plant to find, it took me over a year to gather enough information to find this beauty. I have found many more since then. It takes a brave soul to catch the Sphinx Moth pollinating this flower; not a friendly place to be patiently waiting in the night.

craigwilliams 9 years ago

Great shot btw. You have a wonderful little collection Mario. Welcome to PN, you are a very valuable addition :)

craigwilliams 9 years ago

Always breathtaking to see. One of the true superstars of the orchid world. I hope I get the chance to see one of these for myself someday. Better still to see the Giant Sphinx Moth pollinating it! But I guess that involves a lot of patience, luck and some good night vision gear.

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Florida, USA

Spotted on Jun 26, 2012
Submitted on Jun 27, 2012

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