Endangered ghost orchid flowers in UK for first time at Kew Gardens

A uncommon and endangered ghost orchid, also known as dendrophylax lindenii, has bloomed for the primary time in the UK at the Royal Botanic Gardens (RBG), Kew. The distinctive flower, identified for its frog-like shape, is especially found in southern Florida and Cuba, with only around 2,000 crops remaining worldwide. The International Union for Conservation of Nature lists the ghost orchid as endangered on its Red List of Threatened Species.
The ghost orchid was donated to Kew Gardens via a collaboration with botanic gardens and universities in the US. Seeds collected from the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge germinated in 2014 at the University of Florida earlier than the plant was donated to Chicago’s botanic backyard. After receiving export clearance, an orchid specialist flew with the plant from Chicago to Heathrow, with the bud displayed at the Chelsea Flower Show before being moved to Kew.
Alberto Trinco, botanical horticulturist at Kew Gardens, said, “It’s quite a selected orchid – it has no leaves whatsoever, just roots, and it photosynthesizes from the roots, so it’s quite fascinating.” The ghost orchid often blooms in the dark and releases a sweet-smelling fragrance solely at night.
The ghost orchid inhabitants in Florida skilled a big decline when bushes the flower wraps itself round had been reduce down for wood through the Second World War. Interesting was used for plane provider decks in the Pacific. The destruction of the orchid’s habitat is a key reason for its world population decline..

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