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Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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webesemps
May 7, 2013 1:27 PM CST
This photo really illustrates to me the natural way of ,how orchids live in trees. So, that is how their roots anchor themselves and why bark is used as medium for orchids in pots... I've never seen photo of how their natural habitat rooting would be...
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
May 7, 2013 1:58 PM CST
Yes Bev, that is one of the epiphytic type orchids, growing on a piece of wood; it attached it's roots to the bark where it grew happily. Some orchids are terrestrial though and will grow in soil, for instance:

"Nuns Cap Orchid": http://garden.org/plants/search/text.php?q=phaius&submit=Sea...

"Chinese Ground Orchid: http://garden.org/plants/search/text.php?q=Bletilla



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Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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webesemps
May 7, 2013 3:49 PM CST
Lin, Thanks for the lovely rooting pic and the links!
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
Region: United States of America Morning Glories Region: Florida Houseplants Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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plantladylin
May 7, 2013 5:12 PM CST
You are very welcome!
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