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Two Florida native orchids

This is a discussion on Two Florida native orchids within the Orchids of Other Genera IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; First is Listera australis, the Southern Twayblade, a relatively common woodland species: Next is Isotria ...

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    Default Two Florida native orchids

    First is Listera australis, the Southern Twayblade, a relatively common woodland species:



    Next is Isotria verticillata, the Whorled Pogonia, one of Florida's rarest terrestrial orchids, known from only two localities in the north of the state:


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    Wow, these are fantastic both the pics and the website... and a welcome piece of reading matter.... hotly on the heels after having just finished reading "The Wild Orchids Of California" by Coleman. Thanks Prem.

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    Interesting material, thanks for posting it. I'm curious just how many species orchids are native to Florida? Anyone got an answer?

    I especially like the Isotria!

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    I like the strangeness of the Listera! So tiny too. Neat that you managed to spot it as well. Thanks for posting those, Prem.

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    Matt,
    the count that I've read has been on the order of 150 species having been found within our borders at one time or another...the largest number of native or naturalized orchids of any state. Florida encompasses many climates, from temperate in the north part of the state to semi-tropical at the extreme southern peninsular end. As a result, we have a number of orchids that have migrated into northern Florida from other parts of the southeast and a few species of orchids that have migrated into the south from the Bahamas and Caribbean.

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    this particular Listera colony was one that I had seen about 20 years ago, so relocating it with thriving adult blooming plants (we had seen a total of four bloomers and about a dozen seedlings), was pretty satisfying. These plants grow in Arkansas, and they should be in bloom about now in your area, so find the nearest woodland stream (especially one with living sphagnum on its banks) and comb the banks in the area where it is still very moist up and down the stream...you may chance upon one of these little gems.

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    I had no idea they were here as well. I'd be just pleased as anything if I could find a colony somewhere! Thanks for the search tips and info!

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    apparently, the Isotria also grows in your area. Perhaps you could find a botanist at a a local university who could point you toward a colony:

    http://www.csdl.tamu.edu/FLORA/cgi/k...c=verticillata

    Here's a distribution map for known localities of Listera australis:

    http://www.csdl.tamu.edu/FLORA/cgi/k...spec=australis

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