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2015 ‘꽃보다 처녀귀신’ Directed by Park Je-hyun

Yeong-woong quits his major firm job and joins a private loan company to look for his girlfriend who disappeared because of her debts. He meets debtor Hong Doo-moon who is a former gangster turned shaman and buys a house by the river with loan money. During his asceticism, many ghosts come by asking him to fulfill their wishes but he only chooses to help the unmarried ghost. Hong Doo-moon's main business is to recover a married couple's relationship through sex therapy. Ghosts enter the wife's body and lets her learn new techniques but takes her to the Angel of Death in return. Hong Doo-moon pays back all his loans thanks to Yeong-woong and agrees to help his girlfriend...

Ahn Jae-Min Kim seong-eun Maeng Seung-ji Kim Sung-eun Jang Hyuk-jin Kim Mi-rim

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Park Je-hyun

Alternative Titles

妓生房中街, 花一样的女鬼, 花样女鬼

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15 jan 2015, releases by country, south korea.

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Have you ever seen a ghost flower? This rare, pearly white flower grows in the dark in CT.

During the summer, a mysterious, rare and unusual plant can be found in the deep shadows of the forest.

Between June and September, pearly white ghost pipe plants appear. Hiding from the sun, they emerge near the base of mature trees and the cool moist shade of deep forests and are known for their waxy, almost translucent stems and flowers. The stem at the top of each plant, where a single blossom appears, points downward, giving it the appearance of a pipe. This downward shape of the flower conveniently prevents rainwater from diluting its nectar, which attracts pollinators.

These plants have also been called Indian pipes or ghost flowers due to the fact that, unlike most plants, they lack color. These fascinating wild plants have no chlorophyll, don’t depend on photosynthesis and grow in the dark of forests where other wild plants more dependent on sunlight would have difficulty growing.

I find these plants this time of year while hiking our wooded trails and always stop for a close look and to take a few pictures. The ghostly white plants stand out among the rust-colored pine needles and bark of the mature trees in the dark understory.

Here is some information about these fascinating plants from the U.S. Forest Service website.

Ghost pipe (also known as Indian Pipe) is a member of the Monotropaceae family. The genus name Monotropa is Greek for "one turn" referring to sharp recurving of top of the stem, and the specific epithet is Latin for “one flowered.”

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This native plant species is found throughout the majority of the United States in deep, shady woods at low to moderate elevations. This species is also found in Asia.

These perennial plants are generally 4-8 inches tall, with small scale-like leaves, and white five-parted flowers. Plants only have one flower per stem, and flowering occurs roughly from June through September. Stems can be found alone but are commonly found in small clusters.

It is striking in appearance because it is completely white, although individuals can have pink coloration and black specks. How does this plant survive without the green pigment chlorophyll? Chlorophyll is responsible for harnessing the sun’s energy to produce carbohydrates, a process known as photosynthesis. Ghost pipe saps nutrients and carbohydrates from tree roots through an intermediate source, myccorhizal fungi in the genera Russula and Lactarius.

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The website link can be found at: https://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/plant-of-the-week/monotropa_uniflora.shtml

After pollination, the stem and single flower turn upward producing fruit. The fruit is a small, brownish capsule. When it dies, it dries up and its seeds are released through slits in the skin. When it completes its annual life cycle it turns a blackish brown color.

Ghost pipe plants are perennial and will reappear in the same location each year. The plant is considered rare, however, it is not listed on the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s list of endangered, threatened and species of special concern plants.

The plant is very difficult to propagate and cultivate and will likely not survive transplanting from the wild. An abundant amount of forest humus around the plant would be necessary, as well as the appropriate fungi needed for its survival. It also needs the deep shade of mature trees. If you find it the woods near your house or on regular jaunts through our region’s forestlands, take pictures and enjoy its unearthly presence.

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I hope you’ll join me as we explore The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor’s woodlands. Perhaps you’ll discover the ghost pipe plant and pause to take in the amazing plant that grows in the shadows. We live in a beautiful place called The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor. Together let us enjoy it, care for it and pass it on.

Additional information on ghost pipe plants was sourced from The Chattahoochee Nature Center website and article by Emma Schell, “The Flower that Grows in the Dark.”

Bill Reid is the Chief Ranger of The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor He can be reached at 860-774-3300 or [email protected]

This article originally appeared on The Bulletin: Ghost pipes in CT: White flowers that grow under trees in the shadows

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How to Grow and Care for Ghost Plant

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Debra LaGattuta is a Master Gardener with 30+ years of experience in perennial and flowering plants, container gardening, and raised bed vegetable gardening. She is a lead gardener in a Plant-A-Row, which is a program that offers thousands of pounds of organically-grown vegetables to local food banks. Debra is a member of The Spruce Garden Review Board.

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  • Propagating
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Overwintering

  • Common Pests and Diseases
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  • Frequently Asked Questions

Ghost plant ( Graptopetalum paraguayense) is a small evergreen succulent, a perennial that can be grown as a garden plant in warmer regions but is more often grown as a potted houseplant. With its whiteish-grey pointed leaves and trailing rosette form, ghost plants add a modern touch to container and rock gardens. The rosettes are typically about four inches in diameter and will take a blue-gray hue in partial shade or a pinkish-yellow tone in hot, full sun. Dainty, star-shaped yellow flowers appear in spring for outdoor plants but might bloom at random times when grown indoors.

Normally purchased as a small potted plant, ghost plant is usually planted in spring when being grown outdoors. Like many succulents, it is a slow grower (a few inches per year) and can live for decades.

Ghost Plant Care

Like many succulents , ghost plant is a low-maintenance specimen when you meet its basic growing requirements. Sharp drainage, abundant sunlight, and scant irrigation are the keys to a healthy ghost plant that will soon be producing new offshoots for you to propagate. Unlike some succulents, this plant will thrive in some relatively cool conditions; its most active growing periods will be in spring and fall.

Ghost plants will be at their most handsome in full sun or partial sun . Plants that don't receive enough light will become leggy and might experience leaf drop. When grown as a houseplant, keep the ghost plant in a south or east-facing window.

The amount of light a ghost plant receives can affect its typical grayish-white coloration. A shadier locale will result in foliage with a blue-gray tinge, while hot and dry conditions causes the grayish-white leaves to take on a pinkish-yellow hint of color.

Like the majority of succulents, the ghost plant needs good drainage to maintain a healthy root system. The more rainfall your area receives, the more drainage you must provide for ghost plants. If your garden has clay soil, plant them in raised beds at least six inches tall and a planting mix comprised of half grit, gravel, or sand, and half organic material like peat, coco coir, or commercial potting soil.

Potted plants do well in a potting mix designed for cacti or in a standard potting mix blended with 50 percent sand.

In the absence of natural rain, ghost plants only need occasional irrigation. Plants growing outdoors in full sun and summer temperatures will appreciate a weekly drink, while houseplants may only need watering every other week. Water indoor ghost plants at soil level to prevent water from stagnating in the rosettes.

Temperature and Humidity

Ghost plants are reliably hardy in USDA cold hardiness zones 9 to 11, but they will often survive temperatures as low as 10 degrees Fahrenheit if they are covered over for winter. Gardeners in zones 7 and 8 can often grow them outdoors successfully if they are willing to offer some winter protection. These plants will do well in hot weather, but their most active growth will occur in the relatively cool periods of spring and fall.

Excess humidity can be a problem in areas with poorly draining soil. Planting your ghost plants in containers or raised beds, as well as spacing them away from each other and away from other plants to increase air circulation, will keep plants healthy.

All plants need some form of nutrients in order to grow and flower, but most succulents grow quite well in low-nutrient soil, and might even react badly to too much fertilizer, which can burn the leaves. Using a soil-enriching approach like manure tea or a side-dressing of compost is enough to keep your ghost plants vigorous. At most, a very light annual feeding with a diluted cactus fertilizer will suffice.

Types of Ghost Plant

The Graptopetalum paraguayense species has a couple of naturally occurring forms that are popular, especially a variegated type ( Graptopetalum paraguayense f. variegata). A 'Purple Haze' cultivar is also quite popular. Much variety is found in a number of hybrids that offer unique color variations:

  • Graptopetalum x Graptosedum 'Bronze' has reddish-bronze foliage and grows six inches tall.
  • Graptopetalum x Graptosedum 'California Sunset' has unique orange-pink leaves.
  • Graptopetalum x Graptoveria 'Douglas Huth' has stunning pink to blue leaves and pink flowers bloom in spring.
  • Graptopetalum x Graptoveria 'Fred Ives' has bronze to blue-green leaves with pale yellow flowers.
  • Graptopetalum x Graptoveria 'Tibutans' has especially thick leaves with pink or apricot tips in cooler weather.

Pruning is generally not necessary with these plants, but if they become leggy and scraggly, you can trim back the wandering stems to the center rosette. These trimmed stems can be used to propagate new plants.

Propagating Ghost Plant

Ghost plant is an extremely easy plant to propagate. A healthy leaf that falls might even root where it lays if conditions are right. But the quickest way to achieve full-sized plants is to clip off and root one of the many offset "pups" that appear at the end of the stems growing from the parent rosette. Here's how:

  • When the offset is about 1/4 the size of the parent plant, use clean pruners to clip it off, leaving about 1 1/2 inches of stem below the rosette.
  • Allow the stem to sit for two or three days to callus over, then replant it in a new pot filled with cactus potting mix.
  • Wait about five days until the plant is established, then water thoroughly.
  • Continue to grow in bright filtered sun, watering every four or five days until well established. Then, reduce watering to no more than every two weeks.

How to Grow Ghost Plant From Seed

Although it's fastest to propagate ghost plants from offset pups, you can also start numerous plants from seed to fill a large area of the garden. Collect the tiny seeds from seed pods that form after flowers wither, or purchase seed from a commercial source. Sow the seed on sterile potting mix . Water with a plant mister to avoid displacing the seeds. Keep the seed tray in bright light at 70 degrees Fahrenheit; germination will take place in about three weeks.

Potting and Repotting

Growing ghost plants in containers is a great way to bring the attributes of this succulent up to eye level. Choose a gritty or lightweight potting soil mix and a pot with good drainage. The root system is shallow, so a low, saucer-shaped clay pot with good drainage can make a perfect container. In mixed plantings, keep the ghost plant at the container's edge where it won't get lost behind taller specimens. The pale whitish-gray leaves of ghost plants contrast pleasingly with purple-leafed plants that have similar growing requirements, such as sedum 'Firecracker'.

Ghost plants are slow-growing and don't need frequent repotting. When your specimen has outgrown its container, be sure to handle the plant carefully to avoid damaging the powdery pruinose coating on the leaves, which is delicate. Grasp plants at the base of the crown rather than by the leaves, and repot it in a light potting mix or cactus mix.

Within its hardiness range where winters stay relatively warm, no overwintering routine is necessary at all. In colder winter zones where the plant dies back for the winter, cover the plant with dry mulch over the coldest months, but remove it promptly when the weather climbs back above freezing.

Indoor plants (or outdoor container plants brought indoors for the winter) will do best in a bright, sunny window but at relatively moderate-to-cool temperatures (65 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit). Keep the plant away from radiators and heat vents. Watering can be slightly reduced during the winter months because the plant will naturally want to go somewhat dormant.

Common Pests & Plant Diseases

These plants are marvelously free of most pests and diseases, but indoor plants can be more susceptible to a handful of problems common to many houseplants.

As your ghost plant grows, remove dead leaves at the base of the plant. Decomposing leaves provide a habitat for pests like the mealybug. If your ghost plant has mealybugs , you can spot treat with a dab of isopropyl alcohol on a cotton swab or smother them with horticultural oil.

The most common disease of ghost plant is root rot, which is usually the result of too much watering or soil that doesn't drain well. Leaves that begin to drop are often a sign the plant is being overwatered.

How to Get Ghost Plant to Bloom

These plants are grown mostly for the foliage, so gardeners generally aren't too concerned if they don't bloom much. If you're disappointed by the lack of blooms (because you want to experiment with collecting seeds for propagation), make sure the plant is receiving plenty of sunlight. Extra feeding generally doesn't help prompt blooming; in fact, excess fertilizer can reduce flowering because the plant uses the food to put its energy into stem and leaf growth.

Common Problems With Ghost Plant

Ghost plant if famous for thriving when treated with neglect, but there are some common problems to watch for.

Leaves Are Shriveled

It's not a frequent problem, but shriveled leaves on a ghost plant (or most succulents) usually indicate a plant that has suffered a little too much hands-off treatment—it probably needs more water. Water the plant every four or five days until the plant's succulent leaves are once again full and plump, then reduce watering to every couple of weeks.

Leaves Are Dropping

A much more common and serious problem is leaves that drop from the plant. This is very often the result of root rot beginning, caused by excessive watering. A ghost plant that is watered weekly like a standard houseplant will often drown. If you catch this problem early, simply withholding water for a few weeks might halt the problem and restore your plant to health. But once root rot gets hold, it can destroy the plant.

Less commonly, leaf drop can be caused by a lack of sunlight. Make sure your plant is receiving plenty of bright light, including at least four to six hours of direct sunlight if possible.

Burned Leaves

The most common reason for leaves that look dried out and burned is too much fertilizer. Less commonly, it can occur if the plant has had too much direct sun in an outdoor setting that is very hot.

Plant Is Leggy and Scraggly

If your ghost plant is sending out many long stems without much foliage on them, it's usually a sign the plant is not receiving enough sunlight. Move the plant to a location where it receives lots of bright light, including four to six hours of direct sunlight. You can clip off the scraggly stems and use them for propagating new plants.

Like many slow-growing perennials, a ghost plant can live for many decades if it's growing in its preferred environment. Many potted ghost plants are handed down from generation to generation.

Succulents plants in the Crassulaceae or stonecrop family share several features with ghost plant, including fleshy leaves and a low-growing habit. Ghost plant and peacock echeveria look very similar in part because they both share the powdery pruinose coating that helps them retain moisture.

There are about 19 species in the Graptopelatum genus. Among those often used as houseplants are G. saxifragoides (a matt-forming succulent), G. superbum, G. rusbyi (known as leatherpetal), G. pachyphyllum (known as bluebean), G. pantandrum, G. mendozae, G. fileferum, and G. amethystinum , All species have the characteristic rosette form, but there is such variety of color and shape among them that enthusiasts often grow nothing but this genus.

The name ghost plant is attached to this species probably because of the translucent nature of the leaves, as well as the powdery white substance on the leaves, known as pruinose.

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Orchids, with their exquisite beauty and vast diversity, have long been revered as symbols of grace and allure. Among this botanical treasure trove, the Ghost Orchid (Dendrophylax lindenii) stands out as a mystical enigma. Native to the swamps and forests of Florida and Cuba, the Ghost Orchid is known for its ethereal appearance and elusive presence. In this blog post, we’ll embark on a journey to unravel the meaning and symbolism behind the Ghost Orchid, a flower that has long captured the imagination of plant enthusiasts and nature lovers.

The Elusive Ghost Orchid

Before we delve into the symbolism, it’s essential to understand the unique characteristics of the Ghost Orchid that make it stand apart:

  • Transparency: The Ghost Orchid gets its name from its ghostly white, almost translucent petals. These delicate flowers seem to float in mid-air, adding to their otherworldly charm.
  • Epiphytic Nature: Ghost Orchids are epiphytic, meaning they grow on trees or other surfaces without harming the host plant. They rely on rain and humidity to obtain nutrients through their specialized root systems.
  • Elusive Blooms: One of the most captivating aspects of the Ghost Orchid is its unpredictable blooming pattern. Some plants may bloom annually, while others may skip years between flowering, making each bloom a rare and cherished event.

Ghost Orchid Meaning and Symbolism

The Ghost Orchid, with its rare and delicate beauty, carries several layers of meaning and symbolism:

  • Ephemeral Beauty: The fleeting presence of the Ghost Orchid reminds us of the transient nature of beauty and life. Its blooms are short-lived, usually lasting only a few weeks. This symbolism encourages us to appreciate and cherish the moments of fleeting beauty that grace our lives.
  • Resilience: The Ghost Orchid’s ability to thrive in challenging environments, such as the dark and humid swamps of Florida, symbolizes resilience and adaptability. It teaches us that even in the most adverse conditions, life can persist and flourish.
  • 3. Mystery and Intrigue: The Ghost Orchid’s elusive nature and almost supernatural appearance have led to associations with mystery and intrigue. It beckons us to explore the hidden and mystical aspects of life and nature.
  • 4. Transformation: Orchids, in general, are often seen as symbols of transformation and renewal. The Ghost Orchid, with its unique beauty and the way it blooms unpredictably, can be a reminder of the potential for transformation and rebirth in our own lives.
  • 5. Connection to Nature: The Ghost Orchid’s epiphytic growth pattern, relying on the natural world for sustenance, symbolizes our interconnectedness with nature. It encourages us to recognize our place in the broader ecosystem and the importance of preserving it.

Conservation and Protection

The Ghost Orchid’s beauty and symbolism have made it a sought-after collector’s item in the past, leading to habitat destruction and endangering its existence. Conservation efforts are crucial to protect this delicate and elusive orchid. Many organizations and botanical gardens work tirelessly to conserve its natural habitats and study its behavior.

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The Ghost Orchid in Art and Culture

The allure of the Ghost Orchid has not been limited to the world of botany. It has found its way into art, literature, and culture, further emphasizing its symbolic significance:

Artistic Inspiration: The Ghost Orchid’s ghostly blooms and elusive nature have inspired artists to capture its beauty on canvas. Paintings and illustrations often showcase the orchid’s ethereal allure.

Literary Symbolism:  In literature, the Ghost Orchid has been used as a symbol of mystery and hidden truths. It represents the idea that there are aspects of the natural world that remain concealed from human understanding.

Cultural Significance:  Indigenous peoples of Florida and Cuba have historically held the Ghost Orchid in high regard. It has been used in traditional medicine and rituals, reflecting its cultural significance.

The Ghost Orchid, with its ephemeral beauty and mysterious allure, is a symbol of the transient nature of life and the resilience of nature. Its symbolism encourages us to appreciate fleeting beauty, embrace mystery, and recognize our connection to the natural world. As we admire the Ghost Orchid’s ghostly blooms, we are reminded of the profound lessons that nature can teach us and the importance of preserving its treasures for generations to come.

While the Ghost Orchid may remain elusive in the wild, its symbolism and beauty can continue to inspire and captivate us, inviting us to explore the mysteries of the natural world and our place within it. In the delicate petals of the Ghost Orchid, we find a reminder of the enchanting and ever-changing tapestry of life on Earth.

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‘Ghosts’: Which Spirits Are Definitely Returning? Who May Not Be?

Roman Zaragoza, Sheila Carrasco, Rebecca Wisocky, Asher Grodman, BRandon Scott Jones, Danielle Pinnock, Richie Moriarty, and Devan Chandler Long for 'Ghosts' Season 3

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Ghosts ‘ third season is closer than ever with the premiere a mere month away, but as we approach the coveted day, the big question still remains: Which ghost was “sucked off” at the end of Season 2?

The CBS comedy left viewers with quite the cliffhanger as “livings” Sam ( Rose McIver ) and Jay ( Utkarsh Ambudkar ) sat in their driveway as a beam of light shone on their lavish Woodstone estate. Knowing that the beam means one of the spirits could be passing onto the other side, we can’t help but wonder if any of the main ghosts are going to be among the missing.

Teased in a newly-released promo, the show is leaning into the idea that one of the spirits might actually be gone when the show picks back up, but some cast members have teased some reassurances of their returns, offering a more defined picture of possibilities.

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Having both received ASTRA awards in the new year, Ambudkar and Danielle Pinnock , who plays Alberta, posed with their accolades on set in costume, teasing that the Jazz-age singer will be sticking around to belt out more tunes in Woodstone.

Additionally, Román Zaragoza who plays Sasappis shared images of himself in costume on social media, captioning the snapshots, “Season 3 .”

While no other stars who play spirits have confirmed their returns, both Asher Grodman and Rebecca Wisocky , who play pantless Wall Street trader Trevor and robber baron wife Hetty, have shared the Season 3 promo (embedded above) on their respective social media profiles.

While the missing spirit may not be from the core group, there is room for speculation. When it comes to the world of Ghosts , there’s always room to expand the lore, and we’re wondering if there’s a chance that one ghost could get “sucked off” and then return to Woodstone?

'Ghosts' Season 3 Premiere Storyline Hints at Missing Ghost as CBS Unveils First Photos

'Ghosts' Season 3 Premiere Storyline Hints at Missing Ghost as CBS Unveils First Photos

Sheila Carrasco , who plays fan-favorite Hippie Flower, recently had a baby, close to the start of Season 3’s delayed production . Could the cliffhanger be used as a loophole to give Carrasco a little extra time off? We’re certainly in support if it means Flower will return to our screens in the near future, but for now, this is merely speculation.

But there are other variables that might support this theory as Carrasco would have been pregnant while the show was still filming Season 2 in early 2023, giving her and the writers time to plan an explanation for her temporary absence.

Additionally, Ambudkar posted an acceptance speech for his ASTRA award and accidentally forgot to mention Carrasco, correcting the error in his caption . While it could have been a simple oversight, perhaps it’s proof of her absence from set at the moment, like an “out of sight out of mind” situation. Again, this is merely speculation, but an interesting idea we’re eager to potentially see explored.

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And perhaps we’re completely off as Carassco shared the newly-released key art featuring herself and the rest of the Ghosts crew on social media, teasing, “Season 3 Feb 15. Let’s. GHOSTS!✌✌✌.”

What do you think of this theory? Let us know in the comments section, below, and stay tuned for more on Ghosts as we approach the Season 3 premiere.

Ghosts , Season 3 Premiere, Thursday, February 15, 8:30/7:30c, CBS

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Why Flower From Ghosts Looks So Familiar

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Sometimes, a new twist on an already successful idea can lead to surprisingly entertaining results. You can see that playing out right now on one of CBS's newest shows about a young married couple who has to share their first house with some unusual roommates. "Ghosts" is both an Americanized remake of an already successful British show as well as what you might expect if a network executive asked, "how about we take 'American Horror Story' and turn it into a sitcom?" The resulting success is a 7.7/10 on IMDb and a second season debuting later this year (via Deadline ).

"Ghosts" features a large ensemble cast of ephemeral residents who each seem to have their own unique talents. Flower is one of them; she's a scatterbrained hippie who can use her ghostly essence to make people high without actually sparking up any wacky tobacky. She's played by none other than Sheila Carrasco, whom you may remember from small but meaningful roles on many other popular shows.

Life in Pieces

"Ghosts" isn't Carrasco's first rodeo on CBS. One of her first appearances on the network was on "Life in Pieces," which aired from 2015 to 2019. It starred some pretty big names, like Colin Hanks, Thomas Sadoski, Mark Ruffalo , and Betsy Brandt, among others. Additionally, it featured some big-name guest appearances from the likes of Jordan Peele, Josh Groban, and even Cary Elwes. Carrasco also made a noteworthy — although unfortunately non-recurring — appearance.

She played a young woman named Beth in Season 2, Episode 5, "Dinner Professor Steps Lesbian." Toward the end of the episode, the ladies visit a lesbian bar in support of their friend Dougie (Fortune Feimster) coming out as gay. At the bar, Dougie strikes up a conversation with Beth, trying to solicit a kiss out of her. And it ends as awkwardly as you would expect it since it's not every day that a complete stranger agrees to kiss another person just because they asked nicely. It's a short but teachable moment about consent and proper social etiquette.

Fox News Sexual Harassment Training Video

The "Funny or Die" YouTube Channel may have neve landed itself on a major broadcasting network, but it's enough of a cultural phenomenon to deserve its own honorable mention. This is especially true given that Carrasco once co-starred in a particularly funny — and viral — video that closely parodied a series of real-life sexual harassment scandals that rocked Fox News back in April of 2017. It is (aptly named) "Fox News Sexual Harassment Training Video" and also stars the likes of Lauren Adams and Dave Theune.

In the short, Carrasco plays Becky, a young woman who just can't catch a break when it comes to receiving multiple inappropriate offers from her male superiors in the workplace. Adams is the exasperated, pearl-clutching narrator/instructor who takes a tongue-in-cheek approach to navigating several tumultuous hypothetical scenarios involving inappropriate office conduct. In reality, though, all of the scenarios described in the video were taken right out of the headlines (via The Daily Beast ). And everyone, Carrasco included, does a fantastic job finding the laughter in a series of uncomfortable situations while at the same time exposing how egregious it is that such incidents are so unfortunately commonplace. 

It's also worth noting that the video was prophetic at the time. Although the phrase #MeToo was first coined back in 2006 to help unite and support victims of sexual assault and misconduct, it didn't gain momentum until The New York Times published the first of a long series of allegations against Hollywood director Harvey Weinstein in October of 2017 — six months  after Carrasco's skit was published on the Funny or Die YouTube page. 

Jane the Virgin

"Jane the Virgin" was one of the biggest shows to ever grace the CW back in the day. It enjoyed five successful seasons from 2015 to 2019. What American viewers may not know is that the show was a reboot of a popular Venezuelan telenovela named "Juana la Virgen," basically following the same premise with English-speaking actors (via Bustle ). The series revolves around a young teenage girl who gets artificially inseminated by accident during a routine women's health physical. She then (comically!) struggles with pregnancy and motherhood despite the fact that she has never broken her Catholic commandment of abstaining from sex before marriage.

During Season 3, Petra finds herself in some legal trouble which forces her to have several uncomfortable interactions after Detectives Dennis Chambers (Christopher Allen) and Dana Peruzzi (Carrasco) basically accuse her of murder. But in a surprise twist at the end, The Narrator surprises everyone and shows the audience that Petra is no longer their main suspect — it was Louisa, her husband's sister! Petra, her husband, and the cops eventually team up together, and Petra is cleared of blame for the murder that she didn't commit.

The Good Place

"The Good Place" was a very popular NBC comedy that ran from 2016 to 2020. It was set in a fictitious afterlife referred to as The Good Place and starred major talents like Kristen Bell, Jameela Jamil, Ted Danson, and William Jackson Harper. The show accomplished in its first season a feat which is rare in the entertainment industry today: it managed to hide the big plot-twist reveal that (spoiler alert) they were actually all in The Bad Place the whole time. This sent the rest of the series on a trajectory that few saw coming, with even more delightful surprises and revelations as the characters proceeded on their four-season journey.

During the show's final season, that trajectory intersected with Carrasco's acting career. Episode 3, "Chillaxing," has all of the major characters on edge and in dire need of some levity. About halfway through the episode, this relief came about in the form of a Hawaiian-themed luau. At one point, Good Place residents were given the chance to chuck a magical lava stone into a special pit of sand in order to be given their heart's deepest desire. When Matilda (Carrasco) steps up first, instead of getting a gift, she is reunited with her long-lost childhood pet, a boxed turtle named Shell Turtlestein. It may be a small cameo with very few lines, but the palpable joy on her face as she waves the turtle around for all to see is highly relatable for anyone who experienced the joys of animal companionship at an early age.

Flower Is the Most Real Spirit in 'Ghosts' Season 2

Flower tells it like it is and is open with her body and emotions, separating her from the pack.

Editor's note: The below contains spoilers for Season 2 of Ghosts. Ghosts on CBS, an adaptation from Joe Wiseman and Joe Port of the BBC comedy of the same name, brings Sam ( Rose McIver ) and Jay ( Utkarsh Ambudkar ) to the beautiful and somewhat decrepit Woodstone manor after Sam’s distant relative passes away. Once they arrive, Sam dreams of turning the Woodstone into a bed and breakfast, but there are a few complications when Sam trips down the staircase and falls into a coma for weeks. When they return to Woodstone, she suddenly can see the Woodstone’s other residents: Hetty ( Rebecca Wisocky ), Isaac ( Brandon Scott Jones ), Alberta ( Danielle Pinnock ), Sasappis ( Román Zaragoza ), Thorfinn ( Devan Long ), Pete ( Richie Moriarty ), Trevor ( Asher Grodman ), and Flower ( Sheila Carrasco ).

As the ghostly misadventures continue on Ghosts , now well into its second season, we can’t help but notice that Flower definitely comes across as the most real of the spirits. Even in death and the afterlife, everyone is so caught up with appearances and lies, hiding their true feelings. Hetty and Trevor are hiding their casual relationship, as Hetty becomes more at peace with her body and needs after living through years of intense repression (and cocaine). It wasn’t until recently that Isaac started to be open with himself and accept his sexuality, but his blossoming relationship with Nigel ( John Hartman ) still struggles due to the pair not being fully honest. While Pete is honest, he sugarcoats the things he says so he doesn’t hurt anyone else’s feelings, which definitely holds him back. There are many more examples, but suffice it to say, Flower is the one spirit we can count on to always be real with herself — even despite her being on an eternal acid trip after she was mauled by a bear she tried to give a hug.

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Flower Hides the Truth Too, But It’s Different

Now, this isn’t to say Flower doesn’t lie. She does. We recently saw this in “A Date to Remember,” as Flower and Thorfinn finally go on their first date (without a third). They have a great night, as they force Jay to describe the flavor of Thorfinn’s favorite Viking delicacy and the others in the house attempt to provide them with entertainment to make their night special. However, the next morning, Flower doesn’t remember the date, which is not an unusual thing for Flower as her brain is scattered because of the perpetual acid trip. So, Thorfinn recreates the entire date, but in the middle of it, Flower slips up and reveals she actually did remember and lied about it. When Sam reaches out to Flower to ask why she lied, Flower opens up about a man she once loved who died young and left her heartbroken. After that loss, Flower became determined never to become too attached to someone ever again, which is why she lived a life of group sex and throuples with the cults and communes.

This, along with the other instances where Flower has opened up about her past, also contributes to Flower being the most real of the spirits in the house. When she opens up about her past or feelings, it’s deeper than we see from the others on Ghosts . She opens up completely, leaving no emotion unchecked and no stone unturned. Perhaps it’s the drugs, but likely just a result of her death when she was still a beautiful flower child in the 1960s, Flower knows how to get in touch with herself and share the deep, cutting truths with a fair amount of levity mixed in. This helps bring Flower and the show to another level entirely, as her stories have thus far provided some of the series’ most enjoyable and touching moments.

Flower Tells It Like It Is on ‘Ghosts’

In addition to having her heart on her sleeve, Flower is also the spirit we can always count on to tell it like it is. Because of the drugs, she has no filter and, often, no understanding of who anyone is. For instance, in a recent episode, Flower is discussing with the others that Isaac’s boyfriend fooled around with another ghost around Christmas when they were on a break. They’re stressing about whether to tell Isaac and how they should do it. When Isaac walks in and asks what’s going on, the others get quiet, while Flower blurts out what they’re talking about because she doesn’t understand at the moment that he is Isaac. No secret is safe with Flower because, consciously or subconsciously, she will spill the truth and life will be better for it as everything must be addressed.

Likewise, given what her life was like, Flower is also very comfortable in her body and sexuality. In the second episode of the second season, Flower helps Hetty begin her journey toward healing and breaking free of the repression that made her life so unbearable when she was alive. Sam and Jay’s washing machine is broken, so Flower guides Hetty through the magic of the moment and how Hetty can feel if she sits on the machine. When Jay and Sam get it fixed, Flower is there to talk with Hetty about other ways to achieve the same feeling, which has ultimately led to Hetty’s current situationship with Trevor. Flower isn’t held back by what others think of her or what society wants her to do; in fact, much of her personality is about breaking expectations and living her truth on all accounts.

As everyone does, Flower struggles with being completely honest, but she's working on it. We see it with her hiding her feelings for Thorfinn and their earlier attempt to date where Flower insisted they find a third. She’s scared to let a romantic partner into her life after what she has lost, but she’s gradually opening herself up while giving others the space to do so too. But, she doesn’t hide what she’s feeling toward her friends when they hurt or upset her. She will call them out (when she’s coherent) and she won’t keep secrets from them. She just wants everyone to be happy, to live their best (after)lives in the truth, and for peace on Earth. Nothing major.

Ghosts continues Thursdays on CBS. Every episode is now streaming on Paramount+.

Plant Problems

8 Common Ghost Plant Problems and How to Fix Them

Even through they are considered low maintenance, ghost plants can still encounter their share of problems. In this article, gardening expert and houseplant enthusiast Emily Horn examines some of the most common problems that gardeners may see when caring for ghost plants.

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Written by Emily Horn Last updated: September 25, 2023 | 7 min read

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Botanically named Grapetolpetalum paraguayense , Ghost plants are flowering succulents that have a beautiful rosy color to them. They start out green but as the plant matures, the pretty pink begins to shine through. This pink hue , along with their yellow flowers, makes them a coveted succulent for rock gardens or homes.

No living creature comes without health issues over the course of their lifetime and that includes succulents. Although ghost plants are relatively easy to grow and require little maintenance, occasionally they have brushes with both biological pests and improper cultural practices that impact their overall health.

Problems with succulents, including ghost plants, can depend on a number of factors. Thankfully, most of these problems have solutions that can help the health of the plant, as well as its aesthetics. Let’s take a look at the most common ghost plant problems .

Biological Factors

Biological agents that can impact this succulent are living things that can cause the plant harm . Examples of biological agents include insects, bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Each one of these things is a living organism.

Bacteria and viruses are not really a problem for ghost plants, and fungus is usually a resulting secondary condition caused by another issue, like overwatering. Today we are going to focus on three main biological problems you will deal with: aphids, mealy bugs, and spider mites.

Tiny Black Insects on a Succulent Leaf

Aphids are soft-bodied insect pests that will suck the life out of your Grapetolpetalum paraguayense , literally. They range in colors from pink, green, yellow, black, and brown. Depending on the sex and age of the insect, they may also have wings.

These pests are usually a problem in the spring and summer months , the time when your ghost plant is actively growing. The mouth of most aphids is arranged to first pierce the plant tissue, then suck the sap from the plant as their source of food. The softer, lush new growth is the prime target for the aphids.

One of the major problems with aphids is their ability to multiply very rapidly. Some juvenile female aphids are born pregnant, so there can be 50 aphids one day, and the next day there can be 1000+ aphids on just one plant. With that said, it is imperative to get an aphid outbreak under control as soon as you notice it.

How To Fix:

Dish Soap Solution: Insects breathe through their skin, and when dish soap is applied, the dish soap smothers the aphid. Dish soap can be used with water to create a solution that can be sprayed directly on a plant with a simple spray bottle.

Fill a 32 oz spray bottle with clean water. Next, add one or two drops of liquid dish soap (not dishwashing detergent) to the bottle and shake lightly. Take the plant to a sink, bathtub, or even outside out of the direct sun to spray the aphids directly until the soap solution drips from the plant tissue.

Apply the soap solution on a weekly basis until you no longer see any aphids. It may take a few applications of the soap solution due to the lifecycle of the aphid itself.

Take the Plant Outdoors: Another option is to take the plant outdoors, weather permitting. Do not place the plant into direct sunlight, as the plant will scorch with the light’s intensity. Rather, place it in a shady, partial sun area. You will be pleasantly surprised at how fast ladybugs and other beneficial insects hone in on a free lunch of plump aphids.

White Fuzzy Pests On a Succulent Stem

Another common pest for Grapetolpetalum paraguayense is mealybugs. They are often found at the nodes of plants, appearing as white, cottony clusters along the entire plant. The oval-shaped, soft-bodied insects like to suck the sap out of the plant they are infesting.

Mealybugs are a common pest year-round, although they do prefer warm, humid locations which usually means summer invasions. Like aphids, mealybugs multiply rapidly. Under certain conditions, female mealy bugs do not even need males present to reproduce.

If the white cottony mass is not visible, you may notice a wet-looking leaf or even a black powdery substance on the leaves. If you happen to notice your plant looks wet, even though you haven’t watered it, check and see if the “wetness” is sticky.

Since mealybugs are eating plant sap, and plant sap is primarily sugar, mealybug excrement is sticky to the touch. Turn over the leaves above the sticky area and scout for pests. You’ll most likely see the mealybugs on the underside of the leaves . Hanging out underneath a leaf gives the mealybugs protection from predators as well as sprays used to control them.

Controlling mealybugs is similar to controlling an aphid outbreak. See above for more details on dish soap solutions and predatory insect controls for mealybug pests.

Spider Mites

Microscopic Pests on a Succulent

Spider mites are not as common of a pest to compared to aphids and mealybugs. But a problem, nonetheless. Spider mites are in the arachnid family. The usual symptoms of a spider mite infestation include webbing among the leaves , discoloration of the leaves, and leaf drop.

When leaves are covered in spider mites and webbing, eventually the leaves begin to drop. The plant often sends out a replacement leaf, but if the spider mite population is still present, the mites will quickly damage the new leaf.

Producing new leaves requires energy. And energy is produced in plant leaves. If you keep dropping your leaves due to the mites, you can’t photosynthesize . And if you can’t photosynthesize, you can’t make enough food to survive. Over time, this cycle will kill your ghost plant.

How to Fix:

Dish Soap or Alcohol Solutions: Similar to aphid and mealybug control, dish soap solutions, as well as rubbing alcohol, are very successful in controlling spider mites. It is recommended to pick either the dish soap or the rubbing alcohol. Don’t do both at the same time. Doing so can cause damage to the already stressed plant tissues.You can also alternate between the two at weekly intervals with great efficacy.

Dish soap solutions are usually mixed at a rate of 1-2 drops of dish soap per quart of water. For alcohol applications, s oak a cotton ball in rubbing alcohol then apply it to the leaf surface. After a few hours of contact time, gently rinse the solution off the plant leaves.

Environmental Factors: Helping control environmental factors, such as humidity, can impact a spider mite population. Typically, spider mites prefer a warm, dry environment. If the plant has spent the summer outdoors and you bring it inside during the winter, this transition into your warm, dry house is ideal for spider mites. Also, if your ghost plant is located near a furnace vent, the warm, dry air is an open invitation to mites.

A small humidifier, a spritz of water on the leaves or even a pebble tray are effortless ways to increase the humidity. Just remember it’s a desert plant, not a tropical plant, so it can tolerate some dry air.

Cultural Factors

The best way to describe cultural practice in the gardening world is how one takes care of a plant. Watering, pruning, fertilizing, removing dead leaves , and repotting are all methods of cultural practices.

Even the level of light a plant receives as well as the environmental temperatures fit under the cultural umbrella. Let’s look at common Grapetolpetalum paraguayense cultural problems and how to fix them.

Plant Stretching

Succulent That Needs More Sunlight in a Red Container

Plants love sunlight. And Grapetolpetalum paraguayense really, really love sunlight . So much so that if the light intensity is moderately low in the location where your ghost plant is situated, the ghost plant will stretch and elongate its stems to get more sunlight . This is a process known as etiolation.

Depending on your overall desire for your plant, this stretching may be perfectly acceptable. Are you growing it as a single specimen? Will it grow as a houseplant in a hanging basket? Are you wanting a plant to add to a container that will have a trailing effect?

Move to a New Location: If you want to have a single specimen, you may not like the trailing look low light gives Grapetolpetalum paraguayense. If that is the case, gradually acclimate your plant to a new location with better light and higher intensity.

For hanging baskets and mixed container gardening, low light would be ideal to achieve your chosen results.  However, the plus side to growing in lower light is the coloration of the leaves. Under low light, their leaves take on a bluish-gray color that is fairly uncommon in the plant world.

Discolored Leaves

Leaves of Succulents in the Wrong Color

Grapetolpetalum paraguayense leaves can discolor for many reasons. The light intensity of a location impacts the color of their eaves. If the area is high light for 6+ hours a day , the leaves of the ghost plant may take on a reddish-yellow color. In contrast, in locations that receive indirect sunlight or sunlight less than 6 hours a day, a blue-gray coloration is often present.

If you have decided to move your plant from a low light space to a high light space, sometimes straw-colored patches form on the leaf, or the entire leaf may turn this color. This is called leaf scorch. Transitioning any houseplant from inside to outside without a slow acclimation to the new environment will certainly mean some degree of leaf scorch.

Brown, crunchy lower leaves are a natural occurrence. These leaves are the oldest leaves and simply fall off due to age. No significant impact will happen to your plant. It’s part of the natural cycle of a plant leaf.

Leaf discoloration may also indicate a pest problem . Observe your plant leaves to see if any aphids, mealybugs, or spider mites are present. Small, inexpensive magnifying glasses or hand lenses work great for seeing any insects present on your plant.

Acclimate the Plant:  If you want to take your ghost plant outside for the summer, find a shady spot for the first two days, followed by a slightly sunnier spot for two-three days. Repeat this slow transition to brighter, direct light over the course of 7-10 days and you will not have issues with scorching of your leaves.

Wrinkly, Leathery Leaves

Disfigured Leaves of Succulent Close Up

Ghost plants are succulents . Succulents have leaf adaptations that allow them to store water within their leaf tissues. Their leaves are very thick and fleshy/slightly squishy when squeezed. The ability to store water is key to survival in a desert environment where rainfall is sparse.

Although succulents and cacti are often overwatered, underwatering is also a problem. This can be easily remedied with thorough watering. Sometimes I think to myself, “When’s the last time I watered those?” And the next thing I know it’s a week later and I still haven’t watered them.

That’s okay. It’s better to underwater than overwater pretty much all succulents. Characteristics of underwatering include thin, wrinkly, leathery, tough leaves. Depending on how long ago the plant was watered, the plant may have lower leaves that have turned brown and crunchy . But again, that’s okay.

Thoroughly Water the Plant: If possible, take the plant to a sink or bathtub to give it a thorough watering. If the plant has any brown leaves or they are in the pot, remove them. Next, water the plant from the top to avoid getting water on the leaves until water runs out of the bottom of the pot. This allows the entire soil profile to get wet.

Let the water drain into the sink, and thoroughly water the plant again after a few hours. Plant tissue will have absorbed the initial watering. By watering the second time, the plant has a chance to absorb more water if needed or leave some in reserve in the potting mix.

Within 24-48 hours of the initial watering, you should see a noticeable difference in the appearance of the leaves. The leaves should be thicker and more squishy than thin and leathery.

Yellow Flowers Blooming From a Succulent

Ghost plants are members of the Crassulaceae family, and from time to time will flower with a long scape of white to yellow star-shaped flowers . These flowers are a beautiful contrast to the dynamic foliage colors Grapetolpetalum paraguayense can display.

However, flowering is not a regular occurrence and is influenced by many unseen factors. Age of the plant, atmospheric temperature, and the pot the plant is in can all affect flowering.

The maturity of a plant will determine a plant’s ability to flower. In the plant world, flowering is the end goal for plants. If successfully pollinated, the flower will develop fruit and bear seeds for the next generation of plants. They achieve maturity at about 3 years of age . So be patient when it comes to flowering. It can be well worth the wait.

Being a desert plant, they do like to have a temperature difference between day and night, and sometimes temperature can impact whether a plant flower or not.

Even though your ghost plant is in the house, if it sits close to a window, there is a difference between day and night temperatures, especially in the winter and spring months. This temperature differential plays into their blooming.

The amount of room available in the pot can also influence flowering. Plants that are pot or root-bound, meaning that the plant’s roots are tight in their pot , often circling the inside walls of the container. Root-bound plants are stressed and will eventually direct their energy into surviving and will end up flowering.

Plant Collapse/Root Rot

Succulents Suffering From Overwatering on a Tabletop

I do love the challenge of resurrecting a plant that is near death. However, not once have I been able to bring back a plant once it’s gone all the way down the path of no return.

Overwatering is the number one killer of succulents and cacti. When the soil stays too wet for an extended amount of time, rot begins to occur. Leaves will become overly succulent and ooze when touched.

Other times the leaves will turn black, or the stem will rot at the soil line, causing the entire plant to fall apart. More often than not, a bacteria or fungus will have taken up residency in a wet environment, and your plant soil is no exception.

It is best to water when the top 1-2 inches of soil are dry. But, if you overdid it, it is possible to save your succulent from overwatering, depending on how far gone it is. If you have rot but want to try and salvage your plant , follow these steps in an attempt to bring it back.

Look at the Roots

With clean pruners, remove all damaged roots from the plant. Damaged roots are squishy, often brown, and sometimes have an odor to them. Healthy roots are white, firm and may have little root hairs on them.

Wash Prior to Replanting

If you want to use the same pot again, wash the pot prior to replanting your ghost plant. When using porous, unglazed clay pots, give the pot a good scrubbing in hot, soapy water. With a plastic pot, wash with hot soapy water or a household disinfectant to clean the pot. After washing, rinse your pot thoroughly with clean water.

Use New Potting Soil

When you pot up your ghost plant, be sure to use new potting soil. u003cstrongu003eDo not reuse old potting soil.u003c/strongu003e Old potting soil may contain pathogens that will happily reinfest your stressed-out plant.

Adequate Light, Temperature and Water

Place your repotted plant in a location similar to its surroundings prior to repotting it. Avoid any major light intensity changes and temperature fluctuations. Ghost plants still need to be watered, but water sparingly as to not recreate the wet environment that caused the plant to decline in the first place.

Final Thoughts

Ghost plants, given the wide scope of issues any plant can face over the course of its lifetime, require minimal maintenance and is a great starter plant for beginning your houseplant collection. Yes, there are a few things you need to watch for when it comes to insects, disease, and how you care for your plant , but overall, these are tough, forgiving, and versatile succulents !

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Homestead Stories: The Ghost Orchid

Author: Emily-Jane Hills Orford // Last updated on September 6, 2023 Leave a Comment

With Halloween around the corner and the thought of ghosts and goblins prowling the darkened nights, how about a real flower that looks like a ghost?

Yes, that’s right. There is actually a flower called a ghost orchid, and its tiny, spindly flower with no leaves, looks eerily like a ghost clinging to the bark of trees.

Not found outside of Florida, the Bahamas, and Cuba, the ghost orchid ( Dendrophylax lindenii ) is sadly, becoming an endangered species. In Florida, there are around 2,000 ghost orchids. About 10 percent of them flower in a year, and only during a brief and unpredictable period of time in summer.

In fact, ghost orchids living for decades may only bloom a couple of times! It’s a shame to think the fragile, unique (and ghostly) apparitions that are both flowers and orchids, could disappear forever. Poof!

View this post on Instagram Photo by @CarltonWard | The seductive ghost orchid survives in remote South Florida swamps, usually hanging from twisted branches of a pond apple or pop ash tree forming cathedral arches above shadowed wetlands. Approximately 2,000 ghost orchids are known to exist, of which a small fraction bloom each year, and even a smaller number are pollinated. Once sought by collectors and smugglers, the ghost orchid is surrounded by cultural lore, including the book The Orchid Thief and movie Adaptation. Even today, the exact locations of these rare plants must be kept secret for their protection. The ghost orchid is thought to pollinated by the giant sphinx month, the only flying insect with mouth parts long enough to reach into the ghost orchids extended nectar spur. This summer I will be working with researchers to place precision camera traps near orchid blooms with hopes of capturing evidence of the pollination which is thought to happen in the middle of the night. Please follow @CarltonWard to join me in the swamps on this quest. And check out the work of fellow @NatGeo Explorer @Peter_Houlihan who has done his PhD on Ghost Orchids in the Fakahatchee Strand. #GhostOrchid #Orchid #Swamp #Everglades #PathofthePanther #FloridaWild #KeepFLWild. A post shared by National Geographic (@natgeo) on Jun 24, 2018 at 3:00am PDT

As much as I’d love to add this orchid to my collection, I’m afraid I’ll have to admire it from afar. The plant is actually leafless, consisting of bare green roots that cling in random patterns to the bark of specific trees.

This orchid is aptly named, given its ghastly spectral appearance. Because it clings to tree bark. The white flower — when it does bloom (which may be once a decade) — appears to hover in the forest. The lack of leaves makes it an apparition when it does bloom. But it’s also known as palm polly and white frog orchid due, no doubt, to its unique shape and habit of growing on trees.

Its beauty and rare existence make ghost orchids attractive to pirates seeking the unusual flowers. Yes, there are people who make it their life work to plunder the natural world for financial gain. And this work results in the growing decline of ghost orchids in their natural habitat.

View this post on Instagram The American Orchid Society will be emphasizing our Conservation Endowment, a permanent fund, the interest on which allows us to make grants for the specific protection of endangered orchid species and habitat. We partner with various other conservation groups and universities to actively encourage orchid conservation, one of our organization's major goals as we approach our Centennial anniversary in April 2021.  Please consider a gift to the AOS' Conservation Endowment as we enter this season of Giving. Click the link in our Profile to donate. PIctures:  ghost orchid by Greg Allikas, Sacoila lanceolata by Jennifer Reinoso, Eastern Prairie Fringed Orchid by Canadian website. A post shared by American Orchid Society (@americanorchidsociety) on Nov 27, 2019 at 5:53am PST

Can you grow these at home? Perhaps. But only nurseries in Florida supply this orchid. It’s very difficult and expensive for nurseries elsewhere as the financial risk in trying to maintain such a rare beauty is unmanageable — considering the plant’s very particular growing requirements.

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Those pirates who attempt to steal these plants from their natural environment are met with disappointing results. The ghost orchid usually dies in captivity. There are some botanists researching the possibility of seed germination, but this study is still in the early stages.

The ghost orchid lives up to its name not only in appearance, but also in the fact that its limited, scattered populations have put it on the endangered species list. It survives in swampy forests and small wooded islands. Its greatest threat to survival is human: poaching, climate change, destroyed habitat, and the decline of natural pollinators.

Interesting Facts About Ghost Orchids

Check out some interesting notes about this mystical floral phantom.

Their Blooming Time Is Short

When (and if) the orchid blooms, it happens once a year for a few weeks between June and August.

In any given year, just 10 percent of the ghost orchids bloom. Of that 10 percent, 10 percent will be pollinated.

Ghost Orchids Have No Leaves

The plant has scales instead of leaves and the entire plant appears to lack foliage, giving it the distinction of a leafless orchid.

The stem is also reduced, so without stems or leaves, and with only 10 percent of the ghost orchids blooming, it’s difficult to find these plants in their natural habitat.

The Ghost Orchid Is Mostly Roots

Since there are no leaves, and the stem is minimal, the ghost orchid consists mostly of roots that grow on and around a tree’s bark — instead of the typical orchid which would grow in the ground soil. As such, the ghost orchid is an epiphyte, latching onto its host tree like a parasite.

View this post on Instagram After seven years, the ghost orchid pollination manifesto is now published in @nature.research’s Scientific Reports, with research supported by @insidenatgeo (Link in Bio). Photo(s) by @macstonephoto. . Houlihan, Stone, Clem, Owen, & Emmel (2019). "Pollination ecology of the ghost orchid (Dendrophylax lindenii): A first description with new hypotheses for Darwin’s orchids." Scientific Reports, 9(1-10). . I dedicate this work to Tom Emmel. An icon in the world of conservation, scientific expeditions, Lepidoptera, & endangered species of Florida, Tom was larger than life. The Founding Director of the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera & Biodiversity @floridamuseum, he was more than my mentor, he was my fiercest advocate, my hero, and my friend. I would not be where or who I am today without him. Tom passed away last May on an expedition in Brazil, doing what he loved most. Nobody would have appreciated this discovery more, not even ol' Chuck Darwin. All of this beats at the core of his heart. Thank you, Tom. Wish you could’ve seen this one. I am forever grateful. . There is so much to say about this long journey, most importantly the conservation implications of our scientific research for an endangered species and the greater Everglades ecosystem. After seven years of secrecy, I’ll begin sharing this work through a series of posts, including related media about a group effort with @macstonephoto & @carltonward in @natgeo, @biographic_magazine, and @audubonsociety. Thank you to Fakahatchee @fl.stateparks and @corkscrewswamp for all of the support; to @macstonephoto, I appreciate you immensely – thank you for everything, on this research, exploration, photography, and far beyond. Much love. . Natural history research is always important. My hope is that these stories amplify the voice of the Everglades. The water that runs through these swamps gives us life, and we must do better in protecting them. The future of these wild places, the wildlife within, and humanity, all depend on us. . #ghostorchid #florida #everglades #orchid #conservation #natgeo A post shared by Peter Houlihan (@peter_houlihan) on Sep 6, 2019 at 2:58am PDT

Since there are no leaves to collect the sunlight for photosynthesis, the roots, which contain the necessary chlorophyll, take on this task. Not only do the roots anchor the plant on the tree, they also take in the water and nutrients the leaves would normally collect. These roots have small white marks (pneumatodes) to perform the gas exchange required for the plant’s respiration and photosynthesis.

Without the greenish blend offered by foliage, the plants root system is camouflaged against the tree bark when the plant isn’t blooming. When the flower does appear, it grows on a thin, spindly spike that projects away from the roots, giving the illusion it’s floating freely in the forest.

They Smell Like Apples

There is an interesting aroma to this plant when it’s in bloom. It actually kind of smells like apples, most noticeably in the early morning.

Giant Sphinx Moths Are Their Friend

The ghost orchid relies on the giant sphinx moth for pollination. The plant’s pollen is hidden deep within the flowers and needs a long proboscis for the insect to dig deep inside.

They Have 18 Preferred Host Trees

In Florida, the ghost orchid prefers the pop ash, pond apple, and bald cypress trees. In Cuba, it has at least 18 preferred host trees. Predators like the emerald ash borer are killing some of the host trees, thus depleting this plant’s natural habitat.

Poachers Are Making Them Extinct

With its rare and remote, inhospitable habitat, one would think an estimated 2,000 plants in South Florida alone would be enough to protect the orchid from plunderers. Unfortunately, the opposite is the case as this rarity makes a prime target for poachers eager to sell the plant on the black market. If they can find it, that is. The plants’ locations are kept secret and without prior knowledge of their habitat, very difficult to find. Especially when it’s not in flower.

There’s Fungus Among Us

Although almost impossible to cultivate, there is one fungus that seems to help. Michael Kane and other researchers studied the barks of trees where these plants prosper. It was discovered that the moist bark harbors the fungus genus, Ceratobasidium , which excels at a higher germination rate.

The Ghost Orchid Is a Movie Star

The ghost orchid can claim movie star greatness as its plundering plight made headlines in 1993 when poachers tried to steal over a hundred plants. The story made headlines and was made into a movie starring Meryl Streep and Nicolas Cage (Adaption, 2002) based on Susan Orlean’s book, The Orchid Thief .

View this post on Instagram Amongst the rarest flowers of the world, the ghost orchid was the subject of the book the Orchid Thief as well as the movie Adaptation, which starred Nicolas Cage and Meryl Streep. Only found in Florida, Cuba and the Bahamas, the endangered ghost orchid has been greatly affected over the years by poaching and habitat loss. It has an intricate relationship with its sole pollinator, the giant sphinx moth; where the moth’s extremely long tongue is the only one capable of reaching the sweet reward down the orchid’s nectar spur (pictured on the lower flower). Florida has a great variety of natural treasures, venture out and discover what it has to offer. 🙌🏼 #GhostOrchid A post shared by Mario Cisneros (@zeroeye) on Jun 10, 2018 at 6:49am PDT

With Florida’s wetlands threatened by development, drying up, and preyed upon by poachers, the ghost orchid may remain something of an apparitional enigma. Since I probably will not have the opportunity to grow one in my own, indoor orchid garden, or visit the protected areas where this plant grows at a time when the flowers appear, I doubt I’ll ever get to see these eerie, ghost-like anomalies in real life.

But I am continually amazed at flora that reflect the endless possibilities of nature’s creativity. Ghost orchids indeed. Too bad they only bloom in July and August in certain, limited environments. If only …

To learn more about the ghost orchid and to see some pretty remarkable shots of this elusive flower, check out this short film from National Geographic.

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The Ghost Orchid is a rare and enigmatic flower that captures the imagination of botanists and nature enthusiasts alike. With its delicate white petals and ethereal beauty, this elusive orchid has become the stuff of legends.

Found only in select regions of Florida, Cuba, and the Bahamas, the Ghost Orchid has fascinated scientists and adventurers for centuries, drawing them into a world of mystery and intrigue.

We will discuss the captivating story of the Ghost Orchid, exploring its unique characteristics, its elusive nature, and the ongoing efforts to conserve and protect this extraordinary plant.

What is a Ghost Orchid?

The Ghost Orchid, scientifically known as Dendrophylax lindenii, is an enigmatic and mysterious flowering plant that has captured the fascination of botanists, nature enthusiasts, and orchid lovers alike. This rare and elusive orchid is native to the swamps and wetlands of Cuba, the Bahamas, and southern Florida in the United States.

The Ghost Orchid gets its intriguing name from its ethereal appearance, which gives it the illusion of being a ghostly apparition floating in the forest. Unlike most orchids, which rely on their green leaves for photosynthesis, the Ghost Orchid lacks chlorophyll and depends on its host trees for survival. It attaches itself to the trunks or branches of specific tree species, such as the bald cypress or pond apple, using its specialized aerial roots.

This unique adaptation allows the Ghost Orchid to extract nutrients and moisture from the air and rainwater, making it an epiphytic orchid. It is often found in shady and humid habitats, nestled among the dense foliage of its host trees. Due to its elusive nature and specific habitat requirements, the Ghost Orchid is considered one of the rarest and most endangered orchids in the world.

The Ghost Orchid has a distinctive appearance that sets it apart from other orchids. It typically has a single, white, waxy flower that blooms from a long, slender stem. The flower is about three inches wide and has a delicate, ethereal beauty. The petals and sepals are long and slender, and the lip is fringed with intricate, thread-like structures that resemble delicate tendrils. The fragrance of the Ghost Orchid is said to be intoxicating, often described as a blend of jasmine and honeysuckle.

One of the most intriguing aspects of the Ghost Orchid is its blooming behavior. Unlike most orchids, which have predictable flowering seasons, the Ghost Orchid is known for its sporadic and unpredictable blooming patterns. It can go several years without blooming, making the sight of a blooming Ghost Orchid a truly special and rare event.

Where is the Ghost Orchid native?

Native to the tropical and subtropical regions of the Americas, the Ghost Orchid has a relatively small distribution range. It can be found in various countries such as Cuba, the Bahamas, the Dominican Republic, and Mexico. However, within the United States, the Ghost Orchid is limited to specific states, making it a truly unique and treasured native species.

Within the United States, this plant is primarily found in the southern region of Florida. This includes areas such as the Everglades National Park, Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve, and Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. These locations offer the ideal habitat for the Ghost Orchid, with their humid and swampy environments providing the necessary conditions for its growth and survival.

While the Ghost Orchid’s range is mostly concentrated in Florida, there have been a few rare sightings of the orchid in other states. These sightings are considered rare and sporadic, making the Ghost Orchid a true botanical gem for those lucky enough to witness it outside of its primary habitat. Some of the states where it has been occasionally spotted include Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi.

It is important to note that locating the Ghost Orchid can be quite challenging, as it tends to grow high up in the canopy of trees, often hidden from view. Furthermore, due to its rarity and protected status, its exact locations are often kept confidential to prevent unauthorized collection or disturbance.

How to start from seed

Known for its ethereal beauty and ghostly appearance, this orchid has captured the imaginations of many. While it is notoriously difficult to cultivate, starting Ghost Orchids from seed can be a rewarding and exciting endeavor.

  • Acquiring Ghost Orchid Seeds: Obtaining seeds can be a challenge, as this species is endangered and protected in many areas. However, there are specialized orchid nurseries and conservation organizations that may have a limited supply of seeds available for purchase or for research purposes. It is important to ensure that the seeds are obtained legally and ethically.
  • Creating the Ideal Growing Environment: Ghost Orchids are epiphytic orchids, meaning they naturally grow on trees rather than in soil. To recreate their natural habitat, you will need to create a suitable growing environment. Start by selecting a container or tray with good drainage. Fill it with a mixture of sphagnum moss, tree fern fiber, and orchid bark to provide a loose and well-draining medium for the seeds.
  • Sterilizing the Growing Medium: Before planting the Ghost Orchid seeds, it is crucial to sterilize the growing medium to prevent the growth of harmful bacteria or fungi. This can be done by heating the medium in an oven at a temperature of 180°F (82°C) for about 30 minutes. Allow it to cool completely before proceeding.
  • Sowing the Seeds: Carefully scatter the Ghost Orchid seeds onto the surface of the sterilized growing medium. Since Ghost Orchid seeds are extremely small and dust-like, they should be handled with great care. Avoid burying or covering the seeds, as they require light for germination. Gently mist the surface of the medium with water to ensure the seeds adhere to it.
  • Creating a Humid Environment: Ghost Orchid seeds require high levels of humidity for successful germination. To create a humid environment, cover the container or tray with a clear plastic lid or wrap it with plastic wrap. This will help retain moisture and create a mini greenhouse effect. Place the container in a warm and well-lit area, away from direct sunlight.
  • Patience and Monitoring: Germination of Ghost Orchid seeds can be a slow process, often taking several months or even up to a year. It is important to be patient and not disturb the seeds during this time. Regularly monitor the growing medium’s moisture levels, ensuring it remains consistently moist but not overly wet. Mist the medium lightly whenever it starts to dry out.
  • Transplanting and Care: Once the Ghost Orchid seedlings have developed several leaves and are large enough to handle, they can be carefully transplanted into individual pots. Use a well-draining orchid mix and provide them with proper orchid care, including regular watering, indirect sunlight, and appropriate temperature and humidity levels. Ghost Orchids are delicate and require special attention, so it is essential to research their specific care requirements.

How to grow this plant in your garden

With its ethereal appearance and elusive nature, cultivating the Ghost Orchid can be a rewarding but challenging endeavor. This guide helps with the essential steps and considerations for successfully growing this plant in your garden.

  • Understanding the Ghost Orchid’s Natural Habitat: The first step in growing the Ghost Orchid is to gain a thorough understanding of its natural habitat. These orchids are primarily found in the swamps and wetlands of Florida and Cuba, where they grow in dense, shaded areas. The Ghost Orchid typically grows on the trunks and branches of trees, often near water bodies. Recreating these conditions is crucial for the successful cultivation of this elusive orchid.
  • Providing the Ideal Growing Environment: To grow Ghost Orchids, it is essential to replicate their natural environment as closely as possible. This includes providing the right amount of light, humidity, and temperature. The Ghost Orchid thrives in dappled shade and prefers high humidity levels. You can achieve this by placing the orchid in a terrarium or greenhouse with controlled conditions. Use a humidifier or mist the orchid regularly to maintain the appropriate humidity level.
  • Selecting the Right Potting Medium: Choosing the correct potting medium is crucial for the Ghost Orchid’s growth. These orchids prefer a loose, well-draining medium that mimics the tree bark they naturally grow on. A popular choice is a mix of sphagnum moss and tree fern fiber. This combination provides sufficient moisture retention while allowing water to drain away, preventing root rot.
  • Watering and Feeding: Proper watering is vital for the Ghost Orchid’s well-being. It is essential to maintain consistently moist but not waterlogged conditions. Water the orchid when the potting medium feels slightly dry to the touch. Ensure that excess water drains away to prevent stagnant conditions. Fertilize the Ghost Orchid with a balanced orchid fertilizer every few weeks during the growing season to provide necessary nutrients.
  • Propagation Techniques: Propagating Ghost Orchids can be challenging due to their specific requirements. One common method is through seed germination, which requires careful sterilization and dedication. Another option is vegetative propagation, where you separate keikis (baby orchids) from the mother plant and grow them individually. Both methods require patience and expertise but can lead to successful propagation.

Growing the Ghost Orchid is a rewarding but demanding endeavor that requires careful attention to its unique requirements. By understanding its natural habitat, providing the ideal growing environment, selecting the right potting medium, watering, and feeding appropriately. Additionally, by exploring propagation techniques, you can increase your chances of successfully cultivating this elusive and captivating orchid. Remember to approach this process with patience and a sense of wonder, as the Ghost Orchid truly is a remarkable treasure of the botanical world.

Interesting facts about Ghost Orchid

The Ghost Orchid is a rare and mysterious orchid species that has captured the fascination of botanists and nature enthusiasts alike. Here are some intriguing facts about this enigmatic flower:

  • Elusive and Rare: The Ghost Orchid is one of the rarest orchids in the world. It is native to the swamps and hammocks of Florida, Cuba, and the Bahamas. Due to its elusive nature and specific habitat requirements, it is challenging to spot in the wild. This rarity has contributed to the Ghost Orchid’s aura of mystique.
  • Non-photosynthetic Lifestyle: Unlike most plants, they do not rely on photosynthesis to obtain energy. Instead, it obtains nutrients from the surrounding environment. It achieves this by forming a symbiotic relationship with specific fungi, which provide the Ghost Orchid with necessary nutrients. This unique adaptation allows the orchid to survive in low-light environments such as the shaded swamps it calls home.
  • Ethereal Blooms: The Ghost Orchid produces delicate, white, and ghostly flowers, which give it its name. Each flower is typically around three inches in diameter and has a distinctive structure. The blooms are solitary and appear to float in mid-air, as they emerge from the stem without any visible leaves.
  • Fragrant Night Bloomer: The Ghost Orchid’s blooms are known for their captivating fragrance, which is described as a mix of sweet and citrusy notes. Interestingly, these flowers only open at night, releasing their scent to attract pollinators like moths and nocturnal insects. This nocturnal blooming behavior adds to the allure of this plant.
  • Endangered Status: Due to habitat destruction, illegal collection, and climate change, the Ghost Orchid is considered critically endangered. Protection efforts and conservation projects are underway to preserve and restore its natural habitats. The Ghost Orchid’s vulnerability and rarity make it a prized find for orchid enthusiasts, but it is crucial to prioritize its conservation.
  • Pop Culture Fame: The Ghost Orchid gained significant public attention after its portrayal in the non-fiction book “The Orchid Thief” by Susan Orlean, which was later adapted into the film “Adaptation.” This exposure brought the Ghost Orchid into the mainstream consciousness and further fueled interest in this remarkable and elusive flower.
  • Research and Discovery: Despite being studied for over a century, there is still much to learn about this plant. Scientists continue to explore its unique adaptations, symbiotic relationships, and genetic makeup. Each new discovery adds to our understanding of this fascinating plant and its intricate ecological role.

It is a captivating and mysterious orchid species that has captured the curiosity of botanists and nature lovers alike. Its rarity, non-photosynthetic lifestyle, ethereal blooms, endangered status, and cultural significance make it a plant of great interest and conservation concern. As we continue to uncover its secrets, the Ghost Orchid serves as a reminder of the beauty and complexity of the natural world.

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<p>Flowers play an important role in keeping the earth in equilibrium. They can feed insects, and other animals, be used as natural medicine, and help with plant reproduction through pollination. Not only do flowers provide many incredible benefits, but they are also one of the earth's most beautiful sights.</p> <p> There are over 400,000 different species of flowers around the world, so it's unlikely to see them all within a lifetime. The rarest are often the ones with the most unique features.</p>

Flowers play an important role in keeping the earth in equilibrium. They can feed insects, and other animals, be used as natural medicine, and help with plant reproduction through pollination. Not only do flowers provide many incredible benefits, but they are also one of the earth's most beautiful sights.

There are over 400,000 different species of flowers around the world, so it's unlikely to see them all within a lifetime. The rarest are often the ones with the most unique features.

<p>The scientific name for the ghost orchid is dendrophylax lindenii and it's most commonly found in Cuba, Florida, and the Bahamas. There are so few of them on earth because they are nearly impossible to grow.</p> <p>Something unique about the ghost orchid is that it doesn't depend on photosynthesis to survive. The flower has no leaves and must attach to a host tree in order to grow. It's now on the endangered species list because most orchid growers have failed at cultivating it both in the wild and in sterile environments.</p>

The Ghost Orchid Is Now Endangered

The scientific name for the ghost orchid is dendrophylax lindenii and it's most commonly found in Cuba, Florida, and the Bahamas. There are so few of them on earth because they are nearly impossible to grow.

Something unique about the ghost orchid is that it doesn't depend on photosynthesis to survive. The flower has no leaves and must attach to a host tree in order to grow. It's now on the endangered species list because most orchid growers have failed at cultivating it both in the wild and in sterile environments.

<p>The curvature in parrot's beak, or clianthus, flowers are what give them their fitting name. Those who wish to seem them in person can find them on the Canary Islands. These grow best during the spring in cooler temperatures. If conditions constantly change it causes the flower to disappear.</p> <p>Unfortunately, the species started going away in 1884 and very few remain. Almost 90 percent of the population of parrot's beaks have been eliminated over the past 25 years.</p>

Parrot's Beak Almost Looks Like The Real Bird

The curvature in parrot's beak, or clianthus, flowers are what give them their fitting name. Those who wish to seem them in person can find them on the Canary Islands. These grow best during the spring in cooler temperatures. If conditions constantly change it causes the flower to disappear.

Unfortunately, the species started going away in 1884 and very few remain. Almost 90 percent of the population of parrot's beaks have been eliminated over the past 25 years.

<p>The night-blooming cereus is rarely seen throughout the world because it only blooms for one night a year. It also goes by the name of "queen of the night" and gives off a sweet vanilla fragrance.</p> <p>Some cultures also use night-blooming cereus in their cuisine. For example, it is a common ingredient found in a Cantonese slow-simmered soup. A few varieties of this flower produce fruits, which can be found in Australia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Taiwan, and Hawaii.</p>

Night-Blooming Cereus Do Something Special Once A Year

The night-blooming cereus is rarely seen throughout the world because it only blooms for one night a year. It also goes by the name of "queen of the night" and gives off a sweet vanilla fragrance.

Some cultures also use night-blooming cereus in their cuisine. For example, it is a common ingredient found in a Cantonese slow-simmered soup. A few varieties of this flower produce fruits, which can be found in Australia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Taiwan, and Hawaii.

<p>Chocolate cosmos, or cosmos astrosanguineus, are a rare species of flower native to Mexico. They gained popularity around 1861 after those researching the species found that the scent is very similar to chocolate. In order for it to grow properly, it requires fertile, well-drained soil and lots of sun.</p> <p>These deep red and brown flowers can grow between 40 and 60 centimeters tall and are usually found in pine or oak forests. There were rumors of its extinction, but botanist Aaron Rodriguez found plenty of them in various states across Mexico.</p>

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Chocolate cosmos, or cosmos astrosanguineus, are a rare species of flower native to Mexico. They gained popularity around 1861 after those researching the species found that the scent is very similar to chocolate. In order for it to grow properly, it requires fertile, well-drained soil and lots of sun.

These deep red and brown flowers can grow between 40 and 60 centimeters tall and are usually found in pine or oak forests. There were rumors of its extinction, but botanist Aaron Rodriguez found plenty of them in various states across Mexico.

<p>The black bat flower is scientifically known as tacca chantrieri and is actually part of the yam family. They are most commonly found in the Southeast Asian countries of Thailand, Malaysia, and southern China.</p> <p>One of their most striking features are their whiskers, which can reach up to 28 inches in length. Most black bat flowers prefer shade, high humidity, and need a lot of water. All of their nutrients are stored in a bulb that's hidden beneath the soil.</p>

The Black Bat Flower Has Some Striking Physical Features

The black bat flower is scientifically known as tacca chantrieri and is actually part of the yam family. They are most commonly found in the Southeast Asian countries of Thailand, Malaysia, and southern China.

One of their most striking features are their whiskers, which can reach up to 28 inches in length. Most black bat flowers prefer shade, high humidity, and need a lot of water. All of their nutrients are stored in a bulb that's hidden beneath the soil.

<p>Jade vines are also known as strongylodon macroboyrys and are only found in tropical rainforests in the Philippines. It's closely related to the bean family, specifically kidney and runner beans. They were first discovered in 1841 by members of the United States Exploring Expedition.</p> <p>Bats regularly visit jade vines because they pollinate them. The bats will hang upside down on the jade vine and drink its nectar. They're also visited by some species of wasps and butterflies.</p>

Jade Vines Get Lots Of Visitors

Jade vines are also known as strongylodon macroboyrys and are only found in tropical rainforests in the Philippines. It's closely related to the bean family, specifically kidney and runner beans. They were first discovered in 1841 by members of the United States Exploring Expedition.

Bats regularly visit jade vines because they pollinate them. The bats will hang upside down on the jade vine and drink its nectar. They're also visited by some species of wasps and butterflies.

<p>No one had even seen a Juliet rose until it debuted at a famous flower show in 2006. The best way to tell a Juliet rose from another species of rose is by the hue of its petals. A Juliet rose has pale peach outer petals and deep peach inner petals.</p> <p>The creator of this flower spent 15 years and over three million dollars to make sure that it would be perfect. Ombré color patterns are also one of the biggest flower trends at the moment.</p>

The Juliet Rose Has Color-Changing Petals

No one had even seen a Juliet rose until it debuted at a famous flower show in 2006. The best way to tell a Juliet rose from another species of rose is by the hue of its petals. A Juliet rose has pale peach outer petals and deep peach inner petals.

The creator of this flower spent 15 years and over three million dollars to make sure that it would be perfect. Ombré color patterns are also one of the biggest flower trends at the moment.

<p>Lotus flowers are often referred to as water lilies because they are an aquatic species. Most of the lotus flowers around today originated from seeds that came from a northeastern China lakebed over 1,300 years ago.</p> <p>Most people who've looked at lotus flowers in person have mainly seen pink varieties because the white ones are extremely rare. Those looking for a white lotus should go to India, Sri Lanka, New Guinea, and eastern Australia. It's also the national flower of India.</p>

White Lotus Flowers Thrive In The Water

Lotus flowers are often referred to as water lilies because they are an aquatic species. Most of the lotus flowers around today originated from seeds that came from a northeastern China lakebed over 1,300 years ago.

Most people who've looked at lotus flowers in person have mainly seen pink varieties because the white ones are extremely rare. Those looking for a white lotus should go to India, Sri Lanka, New Guinea, and eastern Australia. It's also the national flower of India.

<p>Flame lilies, also known as gloriosa Superba, are the national flower of Zimbabwe. They are some of the most delicate flowers of all time, but they have a dark side. This flower contains colchicine and other alkaloids that make it dangerously toxic.</p> <p>It's poisonous if eaten and can cause skin irritation when touched by the stems or leaves. On the bright side, many areas in India and Africa use parts of the flower for medicine.</p>

Why You Should Be Careful Around A Flame Lily

Flame lilies, also known as gloriosa Superba, are the national flower of Zimbabwe. They are some of the most delicate flowers of all time, but they have a dark side. This flower contains colchicine and other alkaloids that make it dangerously toxic.

It's poisonous if eaten and can cause skin irritation when touched by the stems or leaves. On the bright side, many areas in India and Africa use parts of the flower for medicine.

<p>Flowers play an important role in keeping the earth in equilibrium. They can feed insects, and other animals, be used as natural medicine, and help with plant reproduction through pollination. Not only do flowers provide many incredible benefits, but they are also one of the earth's most beautiful sights.</p> <p> There are over 400,000 different species of flowers around the world, so it's unlikely to see them all within a lifetime. The rarest are often the ones with the most unique features.</p>

How The Stinking Corpse Lily Got Its Name

The stinking corpse lily, otherwise known as the rafflesia arnoldi, is the largest flower on the planet. It is most commonly found in Indonesia where it can grow up to three feet in diameter.

Unlike most flowers, the stinking corpse lily doesn't show any stems, roots, or leaves when it's in bloom. Its odor is extremely strong and is best compared to decaying flesh. The very first discovery was by a European botanist named Louis Auguste Deschamps in 1797.

<p>The Franklin tree flower, otherwise known as Franklinia, belongs to the tea plant family and is native to the Altamaha River in Georgia. The dark green leaves that surround the actual flower turn red in the autumn.</p> <p>It was named after Benjamin Franklin as it was first discovered in 1765. The Franklin tree flower doesn't exist in the wild anymore but has been replaced with existing plants that descended from the original seeds. It's likely the extinction was caused by a fungal disease throughout the cotton crops. </p>

The Franklin Tree Flower Has Been Around Since The Colonial Era

The Franklin tree flower, otherwise known as Franklinia, belongs to the tea plant family and is native to the Altamaha River in Georgia. The dark green leaves that surround the actual flower turn red in the autumn.

It was named after Benjamin Franklin as it was first discovered in 1765. The Franklin tree flower doesn't exist in the wild anymore but has been replaced with existing plants that descended from the original seeds. It's likely the extinction was caused by a fungal disease throughout the cotton crops.

<p>Those wanting to see middlemist red flowers, or camellias, in person can only find them in London or New Zealand. This species was brought from China to London in 1804 by botanist John Middlemist.</p> <p>It was thought to be extinct, but scientists were able to find rare sightings of it in 1999. Humans have used the middlemist red flowers to make tea and as a seasoning for cooking. The oil from the flower is also great for cleaning blades of cutting instruments.</p>

The Many Alternative Uses For Middlemist Red Flowers

Those wanting to see middlemist red flowers, or camellias, in person can only find them in London or New Zealand. This species was brought from China to London in 1804 by botanist John Middlemist.

It was thought to be extinct, but scientists were able to find rare sightings of it in 1999. Humans have used the middlemist red flowers to make tea and as a seasoning for cooking. The oil from the flower is also great for cleaning blades of cutting instruments.

<p>The corpse flower, also known as titan arum or amorphophallus titanum, is one of the largest flowers in the world. Similar to the stinking corpse lily, it is also found in Indonesian rainforests.</p> <p>It was first discovered by an Italian botanist named Odoardo Beccari in 1878. These massive flowers can reach up to 12 feet in length and they get their name because they smell similar to rotten meat or flesh. Its smell attracts insects who feed on nonliving animals to act as pollinators.</p>

You Probably Don't Want To Smell A Corpse Flower

The corpse flower, also known as titan arum or amorphophallus titanum, is one of the largest flowers in the world. Similar to the stinking corpse lily, it is also found in Indonesian rainforests.

It was first discovered by an Italian botanist named Odoardo Beccari in 1878. These massive flowers can reach up to 12 feet in length and they get their name because they smell similar to rotten meat or flesh. Its smell attracts insects who feed on nonliving animals to act as pollinators.

<p>Gibraltar campions, or silene tomentosas, can only be found in the British overseas territory of Gibraltar. Their colors range from pink to pale violet and they were thought to be an extinct species.</p> <p>Luckily, they were rediscovered in 1994 when they were found growing in the Upper Rock Nature Reserve. After the discovery, some seeds were taken to the Millennium Seed Bank and Royal Botanic Garden in order for it to be preserved forever. Those who wish to see it in nature can find it along the rock outcrops of the Rock of Gibraltar.</p>

How The Gibraltar Campions Are Prevented From Extinction

Gibraltar campions, or silene tomentosas, can only be found in the British overseas territory of Gibraltar. Their colors range from pink to pale violet and they were thought to be an extinct species.

Luckily, they were rediscovered in 1994 when they were found growing in the Upper Rock Nature Reserve. After the discovery, some seeds were taken to the Millennium Seed Bank and Royal Botanic Garden in order for it to be preserved forever. Those who wish to see it in nature can find it along the rock outcrops of the Rock of Gibraltar.

<p>The lady's slipper orchid got its name because the flower itself looks very similar to an actual woman's slipper. The purpose of the pouch is to trap insects, so they are forced to climb up through it to deposit pollen and fertilize the flower.</p> <p>This unique flower can be found in parts of Europe such as Spain and other areas around Asia. It has been protected by the United Kingdom's Wildlife and Countryside Act since 1981.</p>

Lady's Slipper Orchids Look Real Enough To Wear

The lady's slipper orchid got its name because the flower itself looks very similar to an actual woman's slipper. The purpose of the pouch is to trap insects, so they are forced to climb up through it to deposit pollen and fertilize the flower.

This unique flower can be found in parts of Europe such as Spain and other areas around Asia. It has been protected by the United Kingdom's Wildlife and Countryside Act since 1981.

<p>One of the most expensive orchids of all time is the Rothschild's slipper orchid. It is only found on the island of Borneo in Sabah, Malaysia, and takes up to 15 years to grow.</p> <p>The Rothschild's slipper orchid's boldest feature is the dark vertical stripes that curve around the petals. The green and red-spotted petals also attracts parasitic flies, so they can lay their eggs there. The most common time the flower is in full bloom is during the spring months of April and May.</p>

Why The Rothschild's Slipper Orchid Has So Many Colors

One of the most expensive orchids of all time is the Rothschild's slipper orchid. It is only found on the island of Borneo in Sabah, Malaysia, and takes up to 15 years to grow.

The Rothschild's slipper orchid's boldest feature is the dark vertical stripes that curve around the petals. The green and red-spotted petals also attracts parasitic flies, so they can lay their eggs there. The most common time the flower is in full bloom is during the spring months of April and May.

<p>The western underground orchid is native to western Australia and its name implies that it blooms and lives completely underground. Sadly, this flower is critically endangered and on its way to extinction. There are less than 50 of them alive today.</p> <p>The first western underground orchid was first discovered in 1928 when a gardener named Jack Trott found one in his wheatbelt. It created so much excitement that a wax model of the flower toured around the British Isles.</p>

Western Underground Orchids Are Almost Gone

The western underground orchid is native to western Australia and its name implies that it blooms and lives completely underground. Sadly, this flower is critically endangered and on its way to extinction. There are less than 50 of them alive today.

The first western underground orchid was first discovered in 1928 when a gardener named Jack Trott found one in his wheatbelt. It created so much excitement that a wax model of the flower toured around the British Isles.

<p>Even though there are about 75 different species of hydrangeas, they are still considered to be quite rare. Most are native to the Asian countries of Korea, China, and Japan, but some are also found in the United States.</p> <p>The word "hydrangea" is derived from the Greek language and means "water vessel." This refers to the shape of its seed capsules. Hydrangeas previously went by the name Hortensia, which comes from the wife of famous French clockmaker Jean-André Lepaute.</p>

Hydrangeas Have Greek And French Roots

Even though there are about 75 different species of hydrangeas, they are still considered to be quite rare. Most are native to the Asian countries of Korea, China, and Japan, but some are also found in the United States.

The word "hydrangea" is derived from the Greek language and means "water vessel." This refers to the shape of its seed capsules. Hydrangeas previously went by the name Hortensia, which comes from the wife of famous French clockmaker Jean-André Lepaute.

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'Ghosts' Star Sheila Carrasco Breaks Down Flower's 'Flaws' in 'Lovers' Episode (Exclusive)

By Tania Hussain - November 11, 2021 09:30 pm EST

Following last week's tearjerker episode of Ghosts that saw Pete getting some closure following his very sudden death , the latest installment of the CBS sitcom saw fans getting teary-eyed over Flower's backstory Thursday night. While chatting about the challenges behind her character , actress Sheila Carrasco told PopCulture.com the episode "Flower's Article" was one she thought was "so awesome" to dive into thanks to clever writing helping peel back her character's layers in what she touts is one for the "lovers."

In the seventh episode of the season, Flower (Carrasco) begs Sam (Rose McIver) not to accept a job where she's assigned an article about Flower and her friends holding up a bank during her commune days. Being secretive with her reasoning for killing the story, Flower later reveals she was embarrassed because she stole from the very group she worked with.

"It was so great to find out what her flaws really are and to know that she's not perfect and that she made a mistake and the mistake that she made was that she was incredibly selfish," Carrasco told PopCulture exclusively of her character, who she further states " leads with her heart " above everything else. "Even though she stole money, to begin with, the bigger thing to her was that she stole it from the group that she stole it with, so her kind of living with that in her 'afterlife' gave me so much to explore. I think that finding out that she had that side to her was so much fun."

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Carrasco adds that she initially assumed an episode about Flower would have been about her death but was pleasantly surprised to see the writing solidify her personality, especially as an individual who was notably carefree and happy now finally putting her foot down. "That would be really fun too, of her being at Woodstock and then getting attacked by the bear," she laughed. "But then this was so much cooler because it also showed me the possibility of this shell and that it's not about how the ghosts died, it's about how they lived and some kinds of mistakes that they made and the issues that they need to have resolved and how Sam can help them do that."

Carrasco further states how it is "really exciting" Flower gets to evolve on a humanistic level thanks to the writers . "I thought, 'Wow, well what else are we going to find out about all these ghosts and about Flower as well.' And it was really cool to show that side of her that's like, 'This is the one line you can't cross because everything else is pretty cool. It was such a gift from the writers to be able to do that."

Adding how she has had her fair share of emotional moments while reading the scripts back, like the episode "Pete's Wife" that found him getting closure more than 30 years later, Carrasco calls herself the "biggest crier" of them all and her episode was no different. "I cried like three times doing the table read of mine, even though I had also cried when I first read it by myself," she said. "I'm so connected to all these characters and their stories. And Flower's, you know, whatever way that I hope that everyone can relate to it, I found my own way to relate to it and her connection with Ira still, that he's lived on and made her dream come true."

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The Upright Citizens Brigade alum says it was that "selfish act" of Flower's that somehow turned into a positive she could never have dreamed of. "[It] somehow ended up causing good and helping people. That being her dream and making such a positive impact in the world, I really relate to that because I hope that as a performer and as an actor that in my life, or just as a human, in my life, I can leave a positive impact on the world as well," she said. "So that was really powerful, and there's such an emotional draw with all of these characters. All of them have such amazing backstories. And even for Sasappis' story (Roman Zaragoza) in this episode, it's still great because we get to find out a little bit more about his life and his love, and it feels like this was an episode for the lovers, you know?"

Going on to share how the message of the show is about living your life and surrounding yourself with people you care about, Carrasco further states Ghosts in its most simplistic message is about caring for each other . "Sometimes we're always wanting to be in a different place and we don't realize that sometimes the place we're at is enough. [It] doesn't mean you can't dream and want something more, but it's really about valuing who you're with and the people you love. I get emotional thinking about it."

Another element she gets emotional about is the kismet and serendipity behind her character's name, adding significance to the entire situation. "I was also so happy that Flower has the name, Susan Montero because Montero was my abuela's last name. I'm half Chilean and it really meant a lot to me to bring a little more of myself to the character."

Ghosts  airs Thursday nights at 9 p.m. ET on CBS and will be available to stream live and on-demand on Paramount+. Those interested in seeing all Paramount+ has to offer can  click here for a free streaming offer . 

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