White Egret Orchid Facts
- The White Egret Orchid is a unique and beautiful species of orchid, whose common name derives from its supposed resemblance to a white egret.
- This occurs due to the fact that its shape suggests to many minds the appearance of white wings spread for flight.
- Such a unique plant also perfectly demonstrates the creativity of Nature. Its scientific classification (Habenaria radiata) is also quite appropriate since it appears to radiate beauty.
- This delicate flower is quite rare in the wild and is even the subject of several legends within its endemic range.
White Egret Orchid Physical Description
The appropriately named White Egret Orchid is a terrestrial species of orchid. This plant itself is a small shrub which attains a typical height of approximately 15 in (38 cm).
Its leaves grow long and thin, like blades of grass. Typically, two or three flowers are produced on each short stem. However, these may number as many as eight.
The calyx is also generally egg-shaped, while the sepals are small and green. Most noteworthy, however, are the three lobes.
The two largest extend laterally and develop highly fringed edges, which serves to further accentuate the appearance of wings.
- Kingdom: Plantae
- Phylum: Angiosperms
- Class: Monocots
- Order: Asparagales
- Family: Orchidaceae
- Genus: Pecteilis
- Species: P. radiata
White Egret Orchid Distribution, Habitat, and Ecology
Not surprisingly, the species requires a highly specific habitat type. This beautiful and unique flower also grows naturally in seepage slopes and wetland regions. Rather interestingly, it only occurs naturally at moderate to high elevations, which is unusual for orchids.
The White Egret Orchid also matures during the summer and rainy season. Because of this, it typically blooms from July to August. During Autumn, it typically enters a period of dormancy.
Finally, the species appears to be in rapid decline in the wild. However, the IUCN has not yet given the species a classification status.