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The ghost orchid is saprophytic, which means it obtains nutrients from dead organic matter. It lacks the green pigment chlorophyll as it does not photosynthesize. The underground rhizomes can live for a very long time, but they do not produce stems every year (4). The flowers are pollinated by various bumblebees and other insects (2), but seed is very rarely produced (4).

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