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Cephalanthera austiniae  (A. Gray) A. Heller
Phantom orchid
Cephalanthera austiniae is a perennial herb that is native to California, and also found elsewhere in western North America.
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Genus: Cephalanthera
Family: Orchidaceae  
Category: angiosperm  
PLANTS group:Monocot
Jepson eFlora section: monocot

Communities: Yellow Pine Forest, Red Fir Forest
Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
ICPNEburophyton austinae
JEF + PLANTSEburophyton austiniae
Information about  Cephalanthera austiniae from other sources
Nursery availability from CNPLX
Commercial availability unknown.
Jepson eFlora

USDA PLANTS Profile (CEAU)

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[Wikipedia] Mycoheterotrophic Orchid: This is also the only Cephalanthera species entirely dependent on symbiotic mycorrhizae for its nutrition. This mycoheterotrophic orchid has no chlorophyll, so it makes no energy for itself. (link added by Mary Ann Machi)

[Wikipedia] Conservation: The plant is becoming more scarce as its habitat?dense, isolated forest?becomes more rare. Climate change models forecast decline and possible extinction of this species by the year 2100 (link added by Mary Ann Machi)


Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation, with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals. [web application]. 2024. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: 07/17/2024).