Ron Hanko

Ron Hanko

Posted on 07/17/2013


Photo taken on July 11, 2012


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cephalanthera
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austiniae
phantom orchid


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Phantom Orchid

Phantom Orchid
The Phantom Orchid, Cephalanthera austiniae, is one of our rarer native orchids. It is also unique in several ways. Cephalanthera is primarily a European and Asian genus with only this species in North America. In the genus this is the only species that is mycotrophic (living off decaying material in the soil) and lacking in color (many species are pink or purple in color), and it is the only North American species that is always white with only a spot of yellow-orange color on the lip. There are white forms of several other native orchids, but these plants are never anything but a stark white that makes them stand out like phantoms on the dark forests floors where they grow. Their lack of color also means, of course, that they are without chlorophyll. This example was photographed in northern California.

nativeorchidsofthepacificnorthwest.blogspot.com/2012/07/three-native-orchids-in-northern.html

Василий Касимовский, Bjarne Stokke, Peter, Lucy Olsen ( ladyinpurple) and 10 other people have particularly liked this photo


19 comments - The latest ones
Esther
Esther
What a fascinating plant.
5 years ago.
Fizgig
Fizgig
Beautiful!! Great shot, too =)
5 years ago.
Prairie Rambler
Prairie Rambler
Would have never known this was an orchid, Ron. Great shot!
5 years ago.
SkagitLily / Rita & John
SkagitLily / Rita &…
It was always a treat to come across one of these in the woods. Well seen and presented, Ron!
5 years ago.
Pam J
Pam J
This is beautiful Ron.
5 years ago.
bluehazyjunem
bluehazyjunem
Beautiful!!
5 years ago.
Tess Mc Kenna
Tess Mc Kenna
Fantastic capture Ron. Really love this one. . Well done Regards Tess.
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5 years ago.
Sonja
Sonja
Cephalanthera, Waldvoegelein (forest bird if one translates directly). Ochids that think they would be rather a Orobanche.
Ironically, I only ever met a C. rubra, the most colourful of the genus but with a kind of sparsely endowed head....

Yours are so pretty, with that thightly flowered spike that seems to glow in the dark!
5 years ago.
Ron Hanko has replied to Sonja
Because they are achlorophyllous and grow on dark forest floors, they really do glow and are well-named Phantom Orchids.
5 years ago.
Peter Van Der Houwen
Peter Van Der Houwen
Marvelous floral image!
5 years ago.
OCS
OCS
What a beautiful image! Excellent capture!
5 years ago.
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Nora Caracci VERY BU…
exquisite white orchid, excellent portrait !
5 years ago.
Don Sutherland
Don Sutherland
Wonderful photo.
5 years ago.
Swetlana Hasenjäger
Swetlana Hasenjäger
Always beautiful orchids find you and very interesting info to it !
Thanks for sharing for us.
5 years ago.
~Roxanne~
~Roxanne~
It must be wonderful to see them growing and glowing in a forest. Wonderful shot
5 years ago.
Peter
Peter
Perfect !!!!!!
5 years ago.
Puzzler4879
Puzzler4879
5 years ago.
Fizgig
Fizgig
=)

5 years ago.