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Maui Orchids White Feather Duster

Maui Orchids White Feather Duster Stock Photo

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B. David Cathell / Alamy Stock Photo

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4662 x 3950 px | 39.5 x 33.4 cm | 15.5 x 13.2 inches | 300dpi

Date taken:

6 October 2018


Wailuku, HI

More information:

OW! I do not recall ever seeing an orchid that looks like this. It took quite a bit of research online to identify it as a White Feather Duster whose scientific name is Habenaria medusa. It is found naturally in Java, Sumatra, Sulawesi and Borneo. Apparently, mine is not the only jaw to drop upon seeing this orchid. Smithsonian Gardens writes, "But there is one plant that invariably causes jaws to drop when viewed in full bloom. Most onlookers agree it is among our most spectacular and prized orchid species in the collection."

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