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Florida Nature Facts #3 – The Ghost Orchid

by | Mar 30, 2018

Probably the most famous of our southern native orchids, the rare, leafless and mysterious ghost orchid of South Florida, Cuba and the Bahamas is at home in the dark, humid swamps where it regularly skips a few to up to a dozen or more years between flowering. It is pollinated at night by the giant sphinx moth (Cocytius antaeus) – the only pollinator with a long enough proboscis to reach the long nectar spur.

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