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This long blooming, terrestrial orchid species is native to Southeastern Asia and naturalizes in the tropics. The Bamboo Orchid, aptly named for its bamboo-like foliage, can grow up to three meters. It is a popular ornamental in the tropics and blooms with flowers showcasing a delicate blend of white and violet-pink hues. Each flower adorns the plant with oval-shaped, white or pink tepals and a ruffled, magenta-edged labellum with a yellow center. The flowers are edible and may have health benefits. A vein of medicinal richness runs through the Bamboo Orchid, offering a repertoire of ethnomedicinal uses such as detoxification, anti-inflammation, and alleviation of trauma and pain associated with infections. Modern pharmacological activities mirror these traditional uses, showcasing antibacterial, anti-oxidation, and anti-lipid peroxidation properties. Photographed in Quindio, Colombia.