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.

Sunday, July 28 2019


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 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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