Wild Florida Photo - Epidendrum conopseum - Green fly orchid
Green fly orchid
Bartram's tree orchid
Bronze green-fly orchis
The most common epiphytic
orchid in central and northern Florida is often found on live oak amongst the resurrection fern. The range extends into the southeastern coastal states from Louisiana to North Carolina, making it the only epiphytic orchid in the United States outside of Florida.
Three to 30 flowers 1.5 to 2.5 cm (up to an inch) wide form in a raceme with two or three dark green leaves at the base. Green fly orchids may be found as single plants or in large clusters.
Various species and subspecies names can be found for green fly orchids, although the Atlas of Florida Vascular Plant considers them all E. conopseum
. A short discourse on the subject of names can be found at Prem Subrahmanyam's Florida Native Orchid website
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Epidendrum conopseum is a member of the Orchidaceae - Orchid family.
Other species of the Epidendrum genus in the Wild Florida Photo database:
Epidendrum nocturnum - NIGHT-SCENTED ORCHID
Epidendrum rigidum - STIFF-FLOWER STAR ORCHID
Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants (Institute for Systemic Botany) profile for this species
USDA Plant Profile for this species
Date record last modified: Aug 07, 2016