tiny orchids


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Ghost Orchid (Dendrophylax lindenii)

The sloughs and swamps of Big Cypress are haunted by the tiny ghost orchid. Most of the year the orchid is just a mass of roots growing on a tree. When July comes around the mass of roots produces one of the most amazing flowers. In Big Cypress there is only one moth, the Giant Sphinx (Cocytius antaeus),  whose proboscis that can pollinate this orchid.

The ghost orchid is endangered, and is often a target of poachers. Recently, Hoang Nguyen with UF grew hundreds of ghost orchids. Most of the orchids were put in Big Cypress but a few were kept and given to the Florida Museum of Natural History to educate museum visitors about this rare wonder.

Florida Museum of Natural History

Gainesville, FL