Dendrophylax lindenii

Dendrophylax lindenii

Dendrophylax is a genus of orchids, family Orchidaceae, sub-family Epidendroideae, tribe Vandeae, sub-tribe Angraecinae.

It includes about 17 species.

They are called ghost orchids.

Description:

The flowers are spurred. The leaves are rudimentary, photosynthesis occurs in the roots that contain chloroplasts.

Origin:

Dendrophylax is endemic in the Caribbean: The three larger Antillean islands – Cuba, Hispaniola and Jamaica, and one species, Dendrophylax lindenii, comes from Florida.



Etymology:

The name comes from the Greek δένδρον (tree) and φύλαξ (guardian).

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