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Cranichis muscosa Sw.
Moss orchid, Cypressknee helmet orchid

Cranichis muscosa
Copyright by: plantillustrations.org (public domain)
originally published in Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden, vol. 33: p. 43, t. 76 (1946) [G.W. Dillon]

Family: Orchidaceae

Group: Monocot

Substrate: Terrestrial

Habit: Herb

Perennation: Perennial

Native Range: South Florida, the West Indies, Mexico, Central America and South America.

Map of select IRC data for peninsular Florida

NatureServe Global Status: Apparently Secure

State of Florida Status: Endangered

Florida Natural Areas Inventory State Status: Critically Imperiled

IRC SOUTH FLORIDA Status: Critically Imperiled

SOUTH FLORIDA Occurrence: Present

SOUTH FLORIDA Native Status: Native

SOUTH FLORIDA Cultivated Status: Not Cultivated

Comments: Long thought to be extirpated in South Florida, this species was rediscovered by Karen Relish, Mike Owen and Russ Clusman in 2005.
For an image, click on the Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants link below.

Other data on Cranichis muscosa available from :

Cranichis muscosa has been found in the following 3 conservation areas :
Occurrence Native Status
Everglades National Park Recorded as Present in Error
Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park Present Native
Hattie Bauer Hammock Presumed Extirpated Presumed Extirpated

Cranichis muscosa has been found in the following 2 counties :
Occurrence Native Status
Collier County Native
Miami-Dade County Presumed Extirpated Presumed Extirpated

Cranichis muscosa has been found in the following 2 habitats :
Rockland Hammock
Strand Swamp

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Cranichis muscosa
Copyright by: plantillustrations.org (public domain)
originally published in Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden, vol. 33: p. 43, t. 76 (1946) [G.W. Dillon]