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Rare Ghost Orchid Has Multiple Pollinators | Short Film Showcase ctm magazine

Deep in remote Florida swamps, a team of researchers and photographers have made a new discovery that upends what we thought we knew about the ghost orchid, one of the world’s most iconic flowers, and how it reproduces.
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Grizzly Creek Films in partnership with bioGraphic capture the discovery in this impressive short.


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These rare, charming orchids were long thought to be pollinated by a single insect: the giant sphinx moth. But now, photographs by Carlton Ward Jr. and Mac Stone show that a couple of moth species other than the giant sphinx visit and carry the ghost orchid’s pollen—and the giant sphinx itself may play a completely different role than previously thought.

Read more in “Discovery reveals secrets about how ghost orchids reproduce”

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Rare Ghost Orchid Has Multiple Pollinators | Short Film Showcase

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  • National Geographic on August 6, 2019

    Ghost orchids are found in Florida and Cuba, and there are only about 2,000 ghost orchids in the state. To learn more, you can read on here: https://on.natgeo.com/2LBgn6C

  • jammy jammy on February 9, 2020

    Amazing… These guys have so much passion for what they do…..

  • Bernadett Bronner on February 29, 2020

    One of the best films what I ever seen. It is worth to watch it and better than an Oscar winning moovie. Its my first comment under a video, bit I must lét everyone to know this short moovie is Beautifull!

  • Echad on March 3, 2020

    These people are spending their time trying to figure out this orchid and having so much fun doing it…and I'm sitting in a bar getting drunk.

  • Bee K. on March 12, 2020


  • XoXo. Lily on March 26, 2020

    Beautiful Cinematography.
    Beautifully filmed.

  • Danni’s Orchid Journey on May 24, 2020

    I am in love with this. Great great video

  • Robert Klotz on May 29, 2020

    52.173 images captured. Why then did you not show us more of it?

  • Sentimental Lady05 on June 7, 2020

    I am stunned and greatly moved by the dedication of phenomenal spectacular fantastic footage ever !💖
    I love both of you testing a theory, give us window to go along with on your journeys! Also all of you give us another window into nature we never seen before… 🌸🥀
    So really Big Thank you to all of you again.😉😍👍👋🙌👏💋
    I heard of Ghost Orchids only in short doc long time ago. THANK the both of YOU & Crew for your time, trouble, endurance, effort to get the insane footage to share with the rest of the World. 🌎🌏🌍

  • Thomas Etter on June 24, 2020

    Dominic Fike brought me here

  • EDtheIslander on July 5, 2020

    Fascinating. How awesome to be experiencing that adventure.

  • GAIN LABS on July 6, 2020

    🔬🔭 🦋💐🧲Marvelous Creations specifically DESIGNED to carry out specific functions…not mistakenly "evolved" [ALL] species remain distinct though synergistic.

  • Isaac on July 8, 2020

    Fike stans where you at

  • justalilgirl11 on July 13, 2020

    Salute to these people for documenting this rare process that nature has. It is utterly beautiful and super interesting! Really grateful to them and the NG team for putting this out for normal intrigued people like us, like me ❤💚✨

  • Alex Diehl on July 16, 2020

    why film these ugly dudes the whole time instead of the beautiful nature?

  • Lisa Marie Ashby on July 26, 2020

    I LOVE STUFF LIKE THIS!!! I feel privileged to see things I never knew of, and thank people who dedicate themselves to this research! ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!

  • Very interesting, really awesome story. Best greetings from Ukraine!

  • B C on August 6, 2020

    A good class of evolution an symbioticism.

  • raj on September 13, 2020


  • Wendy Hudgins on September 14, 2020

    that was so cool!

  • Babak Mozafari on September 18, 2020

    Shiny Pokémon hunting

  • lil jill on September 29, 2020

    That was utterly fascinating

  • Phoenix on October 14, 2020

    The answer is a moth.. I just saved you time

  • ethan kamerow on October 19, 2020

    Wow this is so cool!!

  • Random 1s on October 22, 2020

    Who is watching this because of school?

  • Niyaella Nelson on November 3, 2020

    Such a beauty🌾😍😍😍im A lover of orchids

  • Dragonfly on November 30, 2020

    In my country, people grow and sell rare orchids. I don't know what the benefit is but with just a 3cm rare orchid stem, easily sold for a few thousand dollars. Bonker!

  • Botanica316 on December 23, 2020

    I really hate the way american have to do documentaries like this, making everything look like it's the first time, never seen before, we don't know how to do it but we have to make it, that's impossible, we had no idea etc etc…BBC does the same kind of documentaries and many time even better without making al this noise. If you talk like that you will look like a stupid kid who just went out his house for the first time

  • Waly Box on December 23, 2020

    orchids are carnivores wow 😲 esas orquídeas son carnívoros jejejeje

  • Michael Knott on January 7, 2021

    Amazing footage. Adaptation is a wonderful thing !

  • Roxan on February 18, 2021

    Wow. really beautiful love this.

  • Bright days on March 7, 2021

    Wow ,speechless.

  • Kim Fitzgerald on March 26, 2021

    Your enthusiasm is magic, thank you

  • Mahirsyah Dharma ikhmawan on April 1, 2021

    is that dendophylax lindenii?

  • The Z Family on April 13, 2021

    My mom and me had a conversation that changed topics several times and we got to “creole” the language of that area (thats apparently a mix of French Spanish and English) and ghost orchids, but I didn’t know they were endangered

  • javier gonzalez on May 12, 2021

    Alguien mas vio la lagartija en el tronco 14:14

  • Alanna Chuyan on July 7, 2021

    Yes, Chuck Darwin would be proud of you! And look at your drone like "Good lord, what kind of pollinator is that!?"

  • Kris on September 5, 2021

    What a gift you are giving us: 👁👁

  • Maxasaurus Collvinus on October 23, 2021

    “That’s the money shot” hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!! Epic!!

  • hanna on October 23, 2021

    im crying bruhs..

  • insta kill on November 24, 2021

    That ghost orchid needs to have a glass shield put over it or something LOL

  • cieciecie cie on December 6, 2021


  • Chandimal Manoj on January 4, 2022

    Wow.amazing video

  • Gepli PRL on January 7, 2022

    Aweeeeesomeeee… more orchids please. Next : Southeast asian. Kingdom of orchids.

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