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Voicing Silence – The Ghost Orchid

Portrait of Eleanor Vachell

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Buckinghamshire, U.K., 1986

A ghost orchid collected by Rex Graham 1953

You look. It’s there. Then it’s not. Decades go by, and people are prowling the woods, eyes down, hunting for it—crawling, searching, losing hope, and then, all of a sudden, there it is again! In a totally unexpected spot, far from the last sighting, hiding in the dark, barely as tall as your thumb, leafless, probably the rarest plant in Great Britain. It’s known as the ghost orchid, and when it shows up, people go nuts.

More info about the Ghost Orchid can be found here.