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Floristic Inventory of the Florida Keys Database Online

Trichocentrum undulatum (Sw.) Ackerman & M.W. Chase
Mule-ear orchid, Mule-ear oncidium

Trichocentrum undulatum
Copyright by: James Johnson, 2014
In habitat, Everglades National Park, Florida
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Family: Orchidaceae

Group: Monocot

Substrate: Epiphyte

Habit: Herb

Perennation: Perennial

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

NatureServe Global Status: Apparently Secure

State of Florida Status: Endangered

Florida Natural Areas Inventory State Status: Critically Imperiled

IRC SOUTH FLORIDA Status: Critically Imperiled

Map of select IRC data for peninsular Florida

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 115.

Synonyms: Oncidium luridum.

FLORIDA KEYS Occurrence: A Doubtfull Record

Map of select IRC data for the Florida Keys

Florida Keys History and Distribution: Not reported for the Florida Keys by John Kunkel Small in 1913. Reported only for Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park (Anon, s.n.; Anon, 1983; Florida Park Service, 1997). This species is only known from a very restricted range on the South Florida mainland. Possibly the Lignumvitae Key reports referred to cultivated plants.

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Trichocentrum undulatum has been reported from the following conservation area in the FLORIDA KEYS :
Occurrence Native Status
Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park Reported






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Trichocentrum undulatum
Copyright by: James Johnson, 2014
In habitat, Everglades National Park, Florida
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Trichocentrum undulatum
Copyright by: George D. Gann, 2012
In habitat, western Cuba

Trichocentrum undulatum
Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley

Trichocentrum undulatum
Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley

Trichocentrum undulatum
Copyright by: George D. Gann
Outplanted In habitat, Everglades National Park,
Florida, as part of population restoration effort

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

Trichocentrum undulatum
Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley

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

Trichocentrum undulatum
Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley

Trichocentrum undulatum
Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley