Sunday, June 7, 2015

Wild Butterfly Orchids

 Wild Butterfly Orchids (Encyclia tampensis)  are at their peak in mid June in Myakka River State Park.

Synonyms: Epidendrum tampense Lindley 1847; Epidendrum porphyrospilum Rchb.f 1877;

Summary: This is a rather conspicuous epiphytic plant with pseudobulbs typically an inch or less in diameter supporting one (sometimes two) slender, grass-like leaves six to twelve inches long. Roots are slender and white when dry, and can run several feet up and down the branch where the plant grows. Flower stems emerge from within the leaf axil, to bear a raceme or panicle of attractive flowers, typically fragrant in the hours around noon. The flowers are 1 to 1.5 inches across, with green sepals and petals suffused with varying amounts of red, a tri-lobed lip with two lobes on either side of the column and the third lobe fan-shaped and typically blotched with purple
Above is from the Florida Orchid website and blog.  Great stuff!

 Half of North America's orchid species can be found in Florida...including four species which are endemic.

 Tropical Oak Hammocks are a wonderful place to explore.

I love to spend time in the Oak Hammocks of Myakka River State Park....always something interesting to see, whatever the season.

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