Wednesday, June 17, 2009

What, No Leaves?

Chiloschista nakornpanomensis, Asian leafless orchid. I bought this as Chilochista usenoides but, as often happens with these odd species, it's not.

Still, no stir fry here! All roots and stems and the prettiest flowers. This is an Asian leafless (or mostly leafless) orchid. You may have heard of the ghost orchid (Polyradicion lindenii formerly Polyrrhiza lindenii) from the swamps of Florida. Apparently, there are similar leafless orchids in Asia as well (only much more sociable and charming!). They are often fragrant and absolutely darling when in bloom. When they're not in bloom...well, they're pretty much just a bunch of roots. Cool, huh?

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