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Are Ghost Leafless Orchids Toxic For Cats?

by Clair Chesterman
Is Ghost Leafless Orchid Toxic For Cats

This ghost leafless orchid is not poisonous to cats. Members of the Orchidaceae family are said to be safe and cat-friendly by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).

Can Cats Eat Ghost Leafless Orchid?

Ghost Leafless Orchid and a cat nearby

Yes, they can. Although cats are not poisoned by orchids, it is advisable to keep them away from plants.

Your orchids may have been treated with pesticides, and a cat will typically throw up everything it consumes, including plant material. To make matters worse, these expensive flowers can last for months. Instead of letting a determined pet damage its beauty, keep them out of reach.

What is Ghost Leafless Orchid?

Ghost Leafless Orchid and cats

The Ghost Leafless Orchid, Dendrophylax lindenii, is native to Cuba, the West Indies, and Florida, where it has been found in three southern counties. The Ghost Orchid is leafless and has gray-green chlorophyllous roots that range in size from 3 to 5 mm in diameter to more than 50 cm long.

A small proportion of the plants, which bloom from May to August, produce a single white flower, sporadically two, with similar sepals and petals. The labellum has three lobes, the middle one being triangular in shape and the other two being elongated and tapering. This orchid can be found on a variety of trees in cypress domes, tramways, and hardwood hammocks. Although this orchid is regarded as vulnerable across its range, it is endangered in Florida due to illegal collection and alteration of wetland hydrology.

Keeping Cats Away From Ghost leafless Orchid

Cat sits near Ghost Leafless Orchid

Orchids are expensive and we don’t want cats to wreak havoc on them, whether they’re batting at the blooms or gnawing on the leaves.  

Sprinkle some cinnamon or cayenne pepper on the leaves of your orchid to prevent your cat from ever considering it as a pre-dinner appetizer. In the future, your cat will link your plant with the spicy flavor and strong aroma.

Cats don’t like foil because of the crinkling sound it makes and the way it feels beneath their paws. Cover the space surrounding your plant with foil.

Plants to Avoid For Your Cats

If you are a cat owner and unsure if the plants growing in your yard are harmful to your cats, check out this list of toxic plants for cats. You can also check our list of non-toxic plants for cats.

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