This is an extremely rare orchid species, with only 3,000 plants remaining in the world. Not only do they have a unique shape and mysterious name, but they are also the most expensive orchid in the world at present.
There are currently tens of thousands of different orchid species with various shapes and colors worldwide. This is why they have become one of the most beloved flowers, widely grown until today.
There is a unique species of orchid among all the flowers that stands out not only for its rarity but also for its extremely unique shape, along with its sky-high selling price. This species is none other than the ghost orchid that we are referring to here.
The scientific name for the Ghost Orchid is Dendrophylax lindenii, also known as the Vanilla Orchid. There are only around 3,000 of these plants estimated to exist worldwide, making it one of the rarest and most valuable orchid species in the world.
Currently, the ghost orchid is commonly found in the tropical forests of the swampy areas in Southern Florida, USA with an estimated number of around 2,000 plants. Some can also be found in certain pristine forests in Cuba, the Caribbean islands, and the rest are scattered throughout the world.
The Dạ lan hương, also known as Phong lan ma, is a unique species of orchid that doesn’t have any leaves. Instead, they grow parasitically on the host tree, with only roots piled up on top of each other to form a bundle that clings to the tree.
This type of orchid is called the ghost orchid because it only blooms at night and is difficult to spot on surrounding trees until it flowers and emits a strong and sweet scent. That’s also why it’s known as the Night-scented Orchid.
The moth orchid thrives in environments with extremely high humidity, low levels of light, and limited nutrients. Because it cannot carry out photosynthesis, this flower species has limited leaf development and produces only white blooms. Its root system spreads far and wide to search for the necessary nutrients.
In the world of orchid cultivation today, the ma phong lan variety is considered the most difficult to grow, and no one has yet discovered a specific cultivation method. This is why they are extremely valuable and can be priced up to 53 billion Vietnamese dong at times.
There have been claims by some individuals that they have successfully grown ghost orchids, but these claims are actually false. It is quite easy to identify this flower, as its appearance when in bloom resembles that of a jumping frog or a white spider crawling.