Monday, November 02, 2009
The Holy Ghost
Peristeria elata, the "Holy Ghost Orchid" or La Flor del Espiritu Santo. This is the national flower of Panama, where it is protected. It is nicknamed the Holy Ghost Orchid due to the alabaster white column and petals that resemble a white dove. It is also called the dove orchid. If you have a chance to see one of these, stop to smell it's wonderful fruit-like fragrance which is every bit as notable as its beauty.