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Florida butterfly orchid
Encyclia tampensis
Orchidaceae
 

Copyright by: James Johnson, 2014
In habitat, Everglades National Park, Florida
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General Landscape Uses: Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations. Also accent epiphyte.

Ecological Restoration Notes: A common epiphyte nearly throughout South Florida in a wide variety of ecosystems.

Availability: Grown by enthusiasts.

Description: Epiphytic wildflower.

Dimensions: Leaves about 8-12 inches long. The flowering branches extend beyond the leaves.

Growth Rate: Slow.

Range: Monroe County Keys north to Flagler, Putnam and Levy counties; Bahamas.

Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.

Habitats: Forests and thickets.

Soils: Epiphytic; grows on the trunks and branches of trees and shrubs.

Nutritional Requirements: Low; it grows on nutrient poor substrate..

Salt Water Tolerance: Low; does not tolerate long-term flooding by salt or brackish water.

Salt Wind Tolerance: Moderate; grows near salt water, but is protected from direct salt spray by other vegetation.

Drought Tolerance: Moderate; requires moist substrate and high humidity to thrive.

Light Requirements: Light shade to full sun.

Flower Color: Greenish- to reddish-brown with white and pink lip.

Flower Characteristics: Showy. Fragrant.

Flowering Season: Summer.

Fruit: Capsule containing numerous minute seeds. Dispersal is by wind.

Horticultural Notes: Primarily grown from seed in a sterilized flask.

Comments: Produces more flowers in the full sun. It is listed as commercially exploited by the state of Florida.


Copyright by: James Johnson, 2014
In habitat, Everglades National Park, Florida
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Copyright by: James Johnson, 2014
In habitat, Everglades National Park, Florida

Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley

Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer

Copyright by: Craig van der Heiden
In habitat, Key Largo

Copyright by: Craig van der Heiden, 2015
In habitat, Key Largo

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: George D. Gann, 2012
In habitat on Roystonea Regia, Everglades National Park, Florida


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