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Seeking ID for this wild flower, think it is an orchid

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    Default Seeking ID for this wild flower, think it is an orchid

    this lovely plant grows wild in a field in South Florida. It blooms about once a year and usually pops up after a good soaking rain. It is very hardy, grows in full sun and it survives lawn mowers. i have always called it a rain orchid but have no clue what it is. the blooms only last a couple days. any thoughts??

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    Hi jbaron, the pictures are a bit small to tell for sure but if I had to make a conjecture I would say rainlillies more properly known as Zephyranthes.

    Here is a short descriptive blurb from another forum I sometimes thumb through. "Rainlily- these small bulbs earned the name "rainlily" because they often flower within a few days after rainfall. From spring through fall, rainlily can produce flushes of star-shaped, crocus-like flowers that are white, pink or yellow, depending on the species. Rainlily's easy care, broad adaptability and beautiful, starry flowers make it ideal for gardens in Florida!"

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    The photos are extremely small, but Zephyranthes looks like a reasonable guess. Amaryllis family, not Orchid. There are at least a couple species native in FL.

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