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Oncidium ensatum Lindl.
Florida dancinglady orchid

Oncidium ensatum
Copyright by: Chuck McCartney, 29 May 1988
Long Pine Key, Everglades National Park, Miami-Dade County, Florida, USA

Family: Orchidaceae

Group: Monocot

Substrate: Terrestrial

Habit: Herb

Perennation: Perennial

Native Range: South Florida, the West Indies (Cuba, Bahamas), Mexico and Central 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: Cultivated

Comments: See also, IRC’s report Vascular plant species of management concern in Everglades National Park (Gann 2015), page 93.

Other data on Oncidium ensatum available from :

Oncidium ensatum has been found in the following 5 conservation areas :
Occurrence Native Status
Big Cypress National Preserve Present Native
Everglades National Park Present Native
Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park Reported
Fuchs Hammock Preserve Recorded as Present in Error
Hattie Bauer Hammock Presumed Extirpated Presumed Extirpated

Oncidium ensatum has been found in the following 3 counties :
Occurrence Native Status
Collier County Native
Miami-Dade County Native
Monroe County (Mainland) Possibly Extirpated Possibly Extirpated

Oncidium ensatum has been found in the following 4 habitats :
Coastal Berm
Pine Rockland
Rockland Hammock
Strand Swamp

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Oncidium ensatum
Copyright by: Chuck McCartney, 29 May 1988
Long Pine Key, Everglades National Park, Miami-Dade County, Florida, USA
Oncidium ensatum
Copyright by: Chuck McCartney, 19 May 1996
Long Pine Key, Everglades National Park, Miami-Dade County, Florida, USA
Oncidium ensatum
Copyright by: Chuck McCartney, 19 May 1996
Long Pine Key, Everglades National Park, Miami-Dade County, Florida, USA
Oncidium ensatum
Copyright by: George D. Gann, 2011
Long Pine Key, Everglades National Park, Florida, USA
Oncidium ensatum
Copyright by: Paul Craft, 2011 with George Gann
In habitat, Belize
Oncidium ensatum
Copyright by: Paul Craft, 2011 with George Gann
In habitat, Belize
Oncidium ensatum
Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer