Tag: florida native orchid

Aug 11 2013

A Fitting 100th Blog Post - Platanthera ciliaris in bloom.

florida native orchid orange fringed orchid (platanthera ciliaris) I had the privilege of revisiting a site where one of Florida's most beautiful orchids grows - The Yellow Fringed/Orange Fringed Orchid (Platanthera ciliaris).  These are some of the nicest photos I've gotten of one of these on a partly cloudy morning in Central Florida.You can read more about this species by following this link:http://www.flnativeorchids.com/natives_gallery/platanthera_ciliaris.htmThe newest photos are at the bottom of the page, but I will post them here as well.  Click on the images to zoom in on them.   Enjoy!---Prem    Read more

published in Florida's Native Orchids
Jul 20 2013

A Rarely Seen Florida Beauty - the Downy Rattlesnake Plantain

downy rattlesnake plantain (goodyera pubescens) florida native orchid Years ago, when Carl Luer published his masterwork, The Native Orchids of Florida, the Downy Rattlesnake Plantain (Goodyera pubescens) had been hinted at as growing in Florida, but had not been officially recorded.  It was listed in a section in his book of orchids that might one day be found growing wild in Florida.Fast forward to 1983 where a pair of naturalists discovered a population on one of the many hills near the Apalachicola River.  As is seen elsewhere in north Florida, riverine systems are a means of many northern species making tentative forays into north Florida.  The climate is ... Read more

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Apr 16 2013

Rosebud Orchid (Cleistes/Cleistesiopsis bifaria) watercolor

art florida native orchid ghost orchid (dendrophylax lindenii) The Rosebud Orchid, Cleistesiopsis (Cleistes) bifaria, is perhaps my favorite Florida terrestrial orchid (the Ghost Orchid, Dendrophylax lindenii, is my favorite epiphyte).  I remember back when I was 13-14, living on the outskirts of Tallahassee in a semi-rural area with a state forest on one side and the Apalachicola National Forest on the other.  The previous year, an arson-derived wildfire took out a number of acres of mature pine forest, leaving a long swathe of moist prairie in its wake.  The forest service planted a number of seedling pines (which are now a near-mature forest again) in the area, but they ... Read more

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Apr 13 2013

Copper Ladies Tresses Profile Up on the Website

copper ladies tresses (mesadenus lucayanus) florida native orchid I covered Copper Ladies' Tresses (Mesadenus lucayanus) in a previous post.  As is often the case, I use this blog as a way to get some information and photographs out prior to setting up a formal profile on the Florida Native Orchids website.  In this case, quite a bit of time has elapsed between the initial blog entry and the plant profile, as I put my focus on setting up other profiles and generally updating the website to fully utilize MySQL and PHP for the orchid gallery.So, after a very long delay, here finally is the profile for Copper Ladies ... Read more

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Apr 04 2013

Late Autumn's Last Hurrah - Spiranthes longilabris

florida native orchid Late in autumn (late October for north Florida and late November for central/south), one of our prettier white ladies' tresses species, Spiranthes longilabris, comes into bloom in open, wet areas.  Not very often seen, I often went hunting for this in my early adulthood in Tallahassee, to no avail.  Granted, I used Carl Luer's book as a guide, where he stated that they would go on Thanksgiving weekend to see them in the Sarasota area.  Two years ago, I was clued into a particular population, but I was a hair's breadth too late (we did find plants in seed...perhaps a ... Read more

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Apr 03 2013

Prosthechea cochleata - An Increasingly Rare Orchid

florida clamshell orchid (prosthechea cochleata). florida native orchid Prosthechea cochleata, known as the Clamshell Orchid and the Black Orchid in Belize (it is their national flower) is relatively common in the tropical areas to the south of Florida, and it makes a tenuous foray into the southern swamps as well.  In times past, this would have been counted as one of the more abundant epiphytes in Florida, but habitat loss and collecting have made this increasingly hard to find.  Entire areas that once supported large colonies of this species have been stripped bare in recent years.  This is truly senseless, as this is not a hard species to ... Read more

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Apr 01 2013

The Rarest of Beauties from the Ashes - Calopogon multiflorus

florida native orchid multiflowered grass pink (calopogon multiflorus) Florida is home to four species of grass pinks, Calopogon tuberosus, Calo. pallidus, Calo. barbatus, and finally the endangered Calopogon multiflorus.  The former group of three species is still rather common in Florida, finding homes equally as suitable in wet, open pinelands and prairies and wet roadsides and ditches.  In the last environments, substantial colonies of plants may arise, all within easy access of a car parked (safely) on the roadside.Calo. multiflorus, on the other hand, is very exacting in its choice of habitat, preferring to flower only after a fire has removed the competing vegetation in a suitable open ... Read more

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Sep 05 2012

At Long Last, Platanthera integra

florida native orchid I give to you updated photographs of Platanthera integra. Armed with the fact that these were finally in bloom in the Florida panhandle in the general vicinity of Tallahassee, I set forth with the hope of recapturing these in flower with better photographic equipment.  This time I was rewarded with finding about 20 plants in three scattered populations.Such dainty little flowers that glimmer with a crystalline texture in the full sunlight of the wet savannah where these grew.You can read more about this species here:>>> Platanthera integra profile page. <<<  Read more

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Aug 19 2011

A Marvel of Miniaturization - Dendrophylax porrectus

florida native orchid jingle bell orchid (dendrophylax porrectus) jingle bell orchid (harrisella porrecta) Here in central Florida, the diminutive leafless orchid, Dendrophylax porrectus (known commonly as the Jingle Bell Orchid or Needleroot Orchid), begins its blooming. Known previously as Harrisella porrecta, this species was reassigned to Dendrophylax following a molecular genetic study that placed it squarely within that genus. It does seem to defy logic, though, that this species with one of the smallest orchid flowers in Florida is closely akin to one of the largest-flowered species in our state--the ghost orchid. These flowers really are remarkable in how they replicate the orchid flower structure in such a small package of just a ... Read more

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Jul 31 2011

Ghost Whispering

florida native orchid ghost orchid (dendrophylax lindenii) With our large van out of commission on the south side of Naples, FL after leaving the COS symposium, we were able to convince my eldest son, Josh, to come pick us up. This made for a rather harrowing early morning ride back to Orlando with two rather tired drivers (Josh and myself) taking tandem shifts to get us back. The van still in Naples, we had it towed to a nearby shop where they proceeded to repair it in our absence.This, of course, meant that we had to go retrieve it once it had been fixed. So, Josh, Timothy ... Read more

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Jul 31 2011

Out of Africa - a Mystery

african spotted orchid florida native orchid monk orchid (oeceoclades maculata) It is fairly clear where the African Spotted Orchid, Oeceoclades maculata (pronounced Ee-see-oh-klad-eez mack-you-lat-ah), originated. What is less clear is how it got here in the state of Florida. This is one of our most frequently encountered naturalized orchids, second to the Lawn Orchid (Zeuxine strateumatica), making its home equally well in the edges of moist swamps and under our landscaping. Its habitat seems to be expanding rapidly from southern Florida into central Florida and perhaps beyond.Read more about this mysterious visitor from far away lands on the Florida Native Orchids website:>>> Oeceoclades maculata profile page <<< Read more

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Jul 09 2011

The Butterfly Orchid - a Florida Icon on a Tee

florida butterfly orchid (encyclia tampensis) florida native orchid merchandise t-shirt We have just released a new t-shirt featuring Florida's popular and iconic orchid, Encyclia tampensis (common name: Florida Butterfly Orchid). I am wearing this tee-shirt right now, and I must say that it is quite lovely, if I do say so myself. The shirt itself features an entire plant with multiple flowers in the background and a closeup of a single flower in the foreground. It features both the common and scientific names of the plant, so it is both educational and beautiful to look at.It is available in all sizes from Small to 3XL. Click the following link to ... Read more

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Jun 28 2011

Snowy Orchid (Platanthera nivea) - Reprise

florida native orchid snowy orchid (platanthera nivea) Photographs taken over 'classic black' with my new Canon Digital Rebel T3i: Read more

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Jun 22 2011

Corkscrew Swamp Ghost Orchid in Bloom

corkscrew swamp sanctuary florida florida native orchid ghost orchid (dendrophylax lindenii) I have just been informed that the Corkscrew Swamp ghost orchid is in flower with seven flowers presently.http://www.corkscrew.audubon.org/. Read more

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Jun 19 2011

Sometimes, one must travel far...

florida native orchid snowy orchid (platanthera nivea) ...to find that orchid to photograph. In this case, our travels took us into southern Georgia to find Platanthera nivea in flower. The Florida localities that I tried came up empty, but it seems that these are running a little late this year. Read more

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Jun 11 2011

First Publication Cover!

florida native orchid ghost orchid (dendrophylax lindenii) publication The reason I go out into the field to photograph Florida's wild orchids is because they interest me and I hope to share this interest with others, and this is its own reward. When one of my photographs is chosen for publication, I am honored and humbled that someone has considered using my work. Recently, I was approached to submit a photo of a Florida native orchid for use for the cover of the Florida State Horticultural Society Proceedings. After submitting several photos, we settled on a photo of "Miguel's ghost orchid", an orchid discovered by the late Miguel Urquia ... Read more

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May 23 2011

It's Not Easy Being Green, Or Is It?

florida native orchid water spider orchid (habenaria repens) I recently came across a population of one of our more common orchids, Habenaria repens, in a wet ditch in the Orlando area. Known by the common name of 'Water Spider Orchid', plants are notoriously difficult to see even when in full flower, owing to the fact that the plant, along with its minuscule flowers (which are a bit over 1 cm wide), is completely green to yellow-green.This might cause you to wonder, "How on earth would a completely green flower stand out enough from its background vegetation to be seen by a pollinator?" Just FYI, these flowers are not ... Read more

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Apr 23 2011

Old Man of the Swamp - Cigar Orchid (Cyrtopodium punctatum)

cigar orchid (cyrtopodium punctatum) cowhorn florida native orchid This is the story of the Old Man of the Swamp.Years ago, perhaps around the same time that this photograph was taken of a cartload of orchids cribbed from the swamps (including Cigar Orchids, Mule-ear Oncidiums, and Dollar Orchids - Cyrtopodum punctatum, Trichocentrum undulatum, and Prosthechea boothiana, respectively),a small cigar orchid (Cyrtopodium punctatum) began its tenuous existence on a buttonwood somewhere deep in the Everglades. As time went on, its forest grew, never too tall, as this was a harsh environment-- shielding this plant from unfriendly eyes. In time, long after these orchid collectors had left, it became a large ... Read more

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Apr 23 2011

Master of Disguise

crab spider (mecaphesa celer) florida native orchid spring ladies tresses (spiranthes vernalis) This past weekend, while out on a photography trip, we came across this little girl hanging out on a Spring Ladies Tresses (Spiranthes vernalis) inflorescence. Spiders are often encountered on flowers of all sorts, mostly ambush predators like this Crab Spider and the Green Lynx Spider. They lie in wait for a hapless insect to come near them and then they pounce! These spiders are known to alter their coloration to match their surroundings and thus blend in. Imagine the next time you go to your refrigerator, a predator disguised as a salami pounces on you and eats you! Read more

published in Florida's Native Orchids
Mar 11 2011

Photo Featured in new National Wildlife Federation Field Guide to North American Wildflowers

florida butterfly orchid (encyclia tampensis) florida native orchid The photo that you see above is featured in the entry for the Florida Butterfly Orchid (Encyclia tampensis) in the new National Wildlife Federation Field Guide to Wildflowers of North America (click to view the book on Amazon.com). I am honored and humbled to have this photo included in this epic work. Read more

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