Ghost Orchid

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The ghost orchid (Dendrophylax lindenii) is a delicate little flower, native to Florida, Cuba and the Bahamas. The plant is so-called due to the appearance of the leafless root network that wraps itself around the host tree branch. When blooming, the flowers hang off spikes that stretch out of the body of roots, making them appear suspended in mid-air. Ghost orchids flower during the summer months, producing a succession of singular flowers. In Florida, these flowers are pollinated by the giant sphinx moth. Another common name for this species is "frog orchid", as the elongated petals resemble the back legs of a jumping frog. This orchid is now extremely rare, and is at high risk of illegal collection.