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Develop With Care - Phantom Orchid

The Phantom Orchid (or Ghost Orchid) is an unusualplant that obtains its nutrients from a fungus ratherthan through sunlight and photosynthesis. The PhantomOrchid has a three-way partnership with a specificfamily of fungi (theThelophoraceae) and a (presently unidentified) tree species. Both the stem and flowers ofthis plant are white, giving it a ghostly appearance and its common name.

Develop With Care Factsheet #15 Phantom Orchid

 

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