Saturday, June 7, 2014

Phantom Orchids

Lincoln Park is an amazing piece of nature! For about the 4th or 5th year, we have rare phantom orchids (Cephalanthera austiniae) blooming in the park. The photo illustrates its development over three points in time with the youngest on the right. The orchid has no chlorophyll, so depends completely on its association with certain fungi (symbiotic mycorrhizae) in the soil for nutrition (mycoheterotrophic).  

Sharon Baker
Volunteer Forest Steward
Friends of Lincoln Park

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