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Ghost Orchid

Epipogium aphyllum

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Plant Data

Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Order:
Asparagales
Family:
Orchidaceae (Orchid)
Type:
Flower
Life Cycle:
Perennial
Maximum Size:
25 centimetres tall
Habitats:
Woodland.

Flower:
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Yellow, 5 petals
 
Pale creamy yellow or pinkish flowers. The flower has a bent back lip, approximately 7mm across. The stout spur is white and upward-pointing. 3 of the 5 petals are actually sepals. Stalks may contain up to 4 flowers each. Pollinated by bees.
Fruit:
The fruit is a capsule. The seeds in the capsule are small and dust-like.
Leaves:
Ghost Orchids are leafless. The entire plant is a pinkish-yellow colour. They are difficult to spot as they are so well camouflaged. Ghost orchids are most likely to be found growing in deep-shaded Beech woods on chalky soil. Very rare.
Aroma:
The flowers have a sickly smell.
Frequency (UK):
Rarely seen  
Distribution Map

Reproduced by kind permission of the BSBI.

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