A rare wildflower, a Phantom Orchid.

Peter Baye photographed this rare wildflower. It's a Phantom Orchid, Cephalanthera austiniae.

Phantom Orchid, Cephalanthera austinae, Peter Baye

Peter hasn't seen one in seven years so he was very pleased to discover it. This orchid needs a fungus in the soil to survive, just like the Calypso Orchid. It is found in the shade of conifer forests.

Thanks to Peter for allowing me to share his photo with you here.

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