These bloom in the Florida "winter". We
also found several plants along the Cross Seminole Bike Trail. We also
have found one at Mariners Cove. Lake Ashby and many other places. The
one to the right was photographed at Lakes County Park in Ft. Myers,
FL. There were huge plants there. This is seemingly a more common
orchid in Florida.
This close-up of one grown in a greenhouse shows you
why you will find tampensis used in various hybrids. It is a wonderful
small and pleasant scented orchid.
We found this one during a Sabbath afternoon walk
at Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge. These were everywhere along
the waters edge. I must say this is a spectacular small flowered
plant. We took the second trail that goes north over the water and
these were everywhere! We were even more surprised to find several
growing in the water instead of on the bank. I am finding it amazing
how many orchids we are finding as we hike around Central Florida.
one we found in the mountains of
on Left and flower is on the right.
is also known as one of the "Jewel Orchids" as is the Ludisa
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