Chasing Ghost Orchids

National Geographic reports on important discoveries about Florida’s famous Ghost Orchids. Scientists and photographers have found that they aren’t just pollinated by one species of moth, but by several different species. That’s good for the strange and fascinating leafless orchids, which are very endangered. After spending thousands of hours taking photos at the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, they observed that Ghost Orchids use at least five moth varieties for pollination. That means they’re not as vulnerable if some of the moths go extinct. There has been progress in conserving Ghost Orchids. Lab-grown plants are helping to replenish wild populations, and anti-poaching measures have had success. Check out amazing Ghost Orchids in the video below —

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