Monday, December 1, 2008

Native Terrestrial Orchid

The toothpetal false reinorchid (Habenaria floribunda) is making a show in the northern flatwoods.
This green/yellow flowered charmer is common throughout central and southern Florida.
Some texts describe it as having a distinctly unpleasant fragrance but, we have found it to have a pleasantly sweet smell with some musk undertones.
So, keep an eye out underfoot; this Habenaria sp. grows in colonies deep under the pine canopy treating us with a only short bloom in the late fall/early winter.

Please remember to enjoy the flowers by admiring from a distance or keep the memory through photography but, please do not pick flowers or remove plants from the preserve.


Prem said...

Wonderful! Thank you for sharing these lovely orchid photos. This is actually one that I have photographed only recently in my quest to take photos of most or all of the orchids native to this state.


Carolyn said...

Thank you. I recognized your name from You have taken some wonderful photographs of Florida native orchids!

Prem Subrahmanyam said...

Hi Carolyn,
I have set up a new website featuring all of my native orchid photograph (well, all the photography I've gotten around to putting on-line):

Carolyn said...

I love your new site. I have linked you in my plant id resources. I love the history on how you developed your interest in native orchids. Cheers!