(A. Gray) Heller [Eburophyton austinae]
Phantom Orchid, Snow Orchid
Dimly lit virgin coniferous forests in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest, from British Columbia to California. A relatively primitive genus, and the only truly saprophytic orchid, requiring on a symbiotic relationship with a subterranean mycorrhizal fungus for nutrients.
|Flowering Season||June to August.|
Roots thickened and fibrous, from a short rhizome.
The only totally saprophytic species. Capsule is as white as the flower. The plant reminds one of the white Indian pipe (Monotropa uniflora).
The Native Orchids of the United States and Canada excluding Florida
© Royal Botanical Gardens, Dr. Donald Gunn Image Collection.