!Polyradicion lindenii [Lindley]Garay 1969

Flower in situ Fakahatchee stran 6/10

Plant in bud in situ with lichen at Fakahatchee Strand 6/10

Same Plant in bud in situ with lichen at Fakahatchee Strand 6/10

Plant in flower in situ with lichen at Fakahatchee Strand 6/10 Photos by Jay Pfahl

Flower ensitu Faxcahatchee Strand Florida Photo by Stephen Jones.

Cuban Plant grown in Jamaica Photo by Claude Hamilton

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Common Name Palm Polly, White Frog Orchid, White Butterfly Orchid or The Ghost Orchid - Linden's Polyradicion [Belgian Plant Collector 1800's]

Flower Size to almost 5" [3 to 4cm across by 7 to 9cm long]

This small sized, south Florida, Bahamas, and Cuba, hot to cool growing species is found in deep swamp forest, thickets and coasta; brushlands. The orchid pictured is in the Fakahatchee strand in the northern Everglades. Good hunting Stephen! They are small leafless epiphytes and their roots have chloroplasts to create the chlorophyl that the plant needs to survive, this function is normally taken care of by the leaves which in this genus are missing and it blooms on a spreading arcuate, 2 1/2 to 9" [6 to 22cm] long inflorescence with scarious bracts and fragrant, 1 to 10 successively opening flowers all arising from the center of the stem that occurs in the early summer in the US and the fall in Cuba. This is a rare and rarely seen plant that is not offered often for the cultivator of orchids.

Synonyms Aeranthes lindenii (Lindl.) Rchb. f. 1864; Aeranthus lindenii [Lindley]Rchb.f. ?; *Angraecum lindenii Lindley 1846; Dendrophylax lindenii [Lindl.]Bth. ex Rolfe 1888; Polyrrhiza lindenii [Lindley]Cogn. 1910

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Symbolae Antillanae Vol VI Orchidaceae Urban 1909 as Polrrhiza lindenii; AOS Bulletin Vol 31 No 10 1962 as Polyrhiza lindeni; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 50 No 5 1981 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 53 No 3 1984 photo; Orchid Digest Vol 47 No 5 1983 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 47 No 6 1983 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 55 No 11 1986 photo; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas # 48-49 Vandeae 1986 drawing/photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 61 No 10 1992 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 69 No 3 2000; Orchidaceae Antillanae Nir 2000 as Dendrophylax lindenii; ASO Bulletin Vol 71 No 4 2002 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 72 No 3 2003 photo; Boletim CAOB Vol 55 2004; The Orchids of Cuba Llamacho & Larramendi 2005 as Dendrophylax lindenii; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 8 2006 photo as Dendrophyllax lindenii; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 9 2006 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 76 No 3 2007 drawing; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 No 8 2008 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 No 11 2008 photo