Calypso bulbosa has similar but smaller, delicate pink flowers. Some Spiranthes and Habenaria species have small, whitish, fragrant flowers in a spike. Two genera, Eburophyton (plant is white) and Corallorhiza (plant is yellow to purple), live on decaying vegetable matter. Attempts to transplant orchids from the wild usually result in the plants' death. Orchids are recognized internationally as endangered species, and trade in wild orchids is prohibited.
Author PATRICK SEYMOUR
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