This is a major milestone! It is the 50th native orchid profile/photo gallery published to the Florida Native and Naturalized Orchids website. This is one of the rarer orchids in our state, Campylocentrum pachyrrhizum, known alternately as the Ribbon Orchid or the Thick-root Orchid. It is distantly related to the Ghost Orchid (Dendrophylax lindenii) and is a bit more common, but still exceedlingly rare. To make matters worse for this species, individual plants are sometimes poached because structurally, they resemble Ghost Orchids somewhat. Imagine the disappointment for said poacher when, instead of seeing a large, white flower (if the plant even lives to flowering), he/she sees a tiny, inconspicuous flower.
Plants of this species can be easily distinguished from Ghost Orchids even when out of flower. Read up on them on the new gallery/profile to educate yourself on this species. Here is the profile entry:
And here is one of the images from the profile:
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