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The Elusive Ghost Orchid

ggpalms

Davie, United States

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Not many people have the opportunity to see or even photograph one of these orchids. Today was a very luck day for me!

Photograph from deep in the Big Cypress Swamp, Florida Everglades.

Here is a little information on the Ghost Orchid.

Today it is is a rare and fascinating sight to see a Ghost Orchid in bloom. It is approximated that 2,000 individual plants reside in the swamps of South Florida. Of these, approximately 5 to 10% bloom each year, and of those only about 10% are pollinated by Cocytius antaeus, the giant sphinx moth. It’s theorized that the sphinx moth follows the odor of the Ghost Orchid like a shark in a chum slick back to its source, where it then uses its 5” tongue to drink the nectar out of the Ghost Orchid.

http://www.ghostorchid.info/pollination.htm

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