Difficult to grow, rarely found, blooms only once every eight years for just a few days…and Ball State University’s Wheeler-Thanhauser Orchid Collection at the Rinard Orchid Greenhouse has one for public viewing.

From the Greenhouse’s Twitter account: “MUST SEE!! Our bucket orchid, Coryanthes macrantha, is rare in cultivation and super-hard to grow and bloom!! What an amazing surprise to see this beauty today! Not seen since 2009, these flowers are very short-lived so plan to stop by and smell, see and learn about this amazing orchid!!”

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