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Wild-coco
Eulophia alta
Orchidaceae
 

Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer

General Landscape Uses: Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations. Also wildflower gardens in wet to moist areas.

Availability: Grown by enthusiasts.

Description: Medium herbaceous wildflower with grass-like leaves.

Dimensions: About 2-3 feet in height when in flower. Taller than broad.

Growth Rate: Moderate.

Range: Miami-Dade County and the Monroe County mainland north to Brevard, Orange and Citrus counties; disjunct in Flagler County; West Indies, Mexico, Central America, South America and Africa.

Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.

Habitats: Swamps, marshes and open disturbed sites.

Soils: Wet to moist, moderately well-drained to poorly-drained sandy, organic or calcareous soils, with or without humusy top layer.

Nutritional Requirements: Moderate; can grow in nutrient poor soils, but needs some organic content to thrive.

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

Salt Wind Tolerance: Low; salt wind may burn the leaves.

Drought Tolerance: Low; requires moist to wet soils and is intolerant of long periods of drought.

Light Requirements: Full sun to light shade.

Flower Color: Green-purple.

Flower Characteristics: Showy.

Flowering Season: Summer-winter.

Fruit: Capsule containing numerous minute seeds.


Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer

Copyright by: Shirley Denton


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