Our native orchids have a symbiotic relationship with certain fungi called a mycorrhizal association. The fungus provides nutrients to the orchid plant, and the orchid is a home to the fungus. Orchid seeds are so tiny they do not have enough food to nourish a seedling, that’s why they need the fungus. This mycorrhizal association helps explain why the majority of North American orchids die soon when transplanted from the wild.
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