Wild Florida Photo - Zeuxine strateumatica - Soldier's orchid

Zeuxine strateumatica

Soldier's orchid
Lawn orchid
Centipede grass orchid

Not native to Florida

Volusia Co. FL 03/19/10
Volusia Co. FL 03/01/03
Volusia Co. FL 03/19/10
Volusia Co. FL 03/19/10
Volusia Co. FL 03/19/10

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This annual orchid is native to Asia and now found in lawns, shrub borders, roadsides and other disturbed sites in most Florida counties. It is also now naturalized in the Southeastern coastal states from North Carolina into Texas, plus California, Hawaii and Puerto Rico.
A small terrestrial plant 4-25cm (1-1/2 to 10 in.) tall, with five to twelve lanceolate leaves that are green with purple and/or tan pigmentation, 1-8cm( 3/8 to 3 in.) long and up to 1 cm (~3/8 in.) wide. The flowers are white with a yellow lip narrowing at the base. There are five to fifty flowers in a terminal spike.


Zeuxine strateumatica is a member of the Orchidaceae - Orchid family.

Date record last modified: Feb 11, 2021

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