Sunday, July 28 2019

 Orchids

Florida is home to about half of the orchid species found in the United States including four known species of orchids are found nowhere else in the world. Until I read some of the information on Florida Native Orchids.com I didn't realize that Florido, translated from Spanish, means "Land of Flowers" which is appropriate due to the varieties that thrive in this climate. The first orchid I saw growing naturally is pictured below.

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 Saltmarsh Morning Glory

The Saltmarsh Morning Glory is a solitary and funnel-shaped with five fused pink -to-purplish petals and a darker throat. Five greenish sepals cup the flower at its base. Sepals and stems are glabrous. Leaves are sagittate with long petioles. They are alternately arranged. Seeds are borne in globose capsules. Tendrils and underground rhizomes give the vine its vigorous mobility.

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Sunday, August 4 2019

 Railroad Vine

The extremely long vines shoots across the ground marked with evenly spaced horizontal stems look like a railroad track giving this plant its common name of Railroad Vine. Its other common name is Beach Morning Glory and is a native plant that produce occasional bright pink flowers that open in the morning and close by mid-afternoon.

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 Orange Orchid

Orchids in Florida fall into either tree dwelling plants (epiphytes), or ground-dwelling (terrestrials.)

To confuse identification I've read that sometimes ground-dwelling orchids grow in small pockets of humus among rocks, classifying them as lithophytes or rock-dwellers. and some terrestrials will grow up on bases of trees or on fallen logs in swampy areas, making them semi-epiphytes.