12-foot orchid blooms in Brooklyn

September 19, 2008 7:54:20 AM PDT
An orchid the size of a small car has bloomed for the second time ever at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. The tiger or leopard orchid - which rarely blooms in captivity - is 12 feet in diameter and weighs about 200 pounds. Orchid collection curator David Horak says it should remain in bloom for the next week or two. The last time it bloomed was in 2003.

Horak says the plant is watered every sunny day, and fed two or three times a week. It hangs in a 30-inch square basket above a pond.

Horak says the orchid will likely produce a seed capsule the size of a Nerf football.

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