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Ghost Orchid

Author: Guest Writer/Sunday, October 28, 2012/Categories: Uncategorized

Orchids come in all shapes, sizes, and forms. Here is a very tiny species---less than 3” tall---native to woodlands and stream-bank forests of tropical Africa. This orchid species lacks chlorophyll and requires a persistent root-fungus relationship throughout its development and flowering to obtain required nutrients for growth. Such plants are know as saprophytes. Despite its small size and no green leaves, the flowers are strongly lemon scented.

Here are two photos of this ghostly orchid from the Flora of Zimbabwe.

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Brachycorythis lastii                                  Brachycorythis lastii

(photo credit: BT Wursetn)                         (photo credit: BT Wursten)

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