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Q.I Would Like To Know About “seed” That I Have Called Naked Man Orchids

Zone Ottawa, Canada | Anonymous added on May 6, 2023 | Answered

I understand one name they are known by is Orchis Italica. The seeds appear to be quite large. They look like very tiny tulip bulbs. Am I looking at a small bulb? Is the fungus needed to help them germinate? Some photos are attched.

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Answered on May 7, 2023

Here is information we have on Orchis Italica. It is one of many wild orchids in Turkey whose rhizomes are used to make a powder, then ice cream or a beverage. Orchid seeds are the size of a speck of dust and they do need the symbiotic relationship with a mycorrhizal fungus to germinate.



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