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As a comment about Cowhorn Orchid (Cyrtopodium punctatum), plantladylin wrote:

This epiphytic orchid is a rare Florida native; once common in the Big Cypress Swamp and the Evergaldes in the southern part of the state, often found growing low on Cypress trees (Taxodium sp.) and Buttonwood trees (Conocarpus erectus), but due to loss of habitat this orchid is considered rare today. In winter after the leaves are gone, the old pseudobulbs are visibly wrapped in papery sheaths that resemble cow horns or cigars, hence two of the common names for this plant. In spring new growth and stems emerge forming multi-branched panicles expanding to 3 feet in length. The one inch wide ornate flowers have three heavily curled golden yellow petals, barred with purple spots, and a tri-lobed red lip with a yellow center spot. During mid day the flowers are highly fragrant, which attracts numerous bees; hence the other common name of Bee Swarm Orchid.
Name: Jonna
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extranjera
Aug 30, 2013 12:11 PM CST
This is doing really well in the ground here, it is near a pond and gets watered frequently. There is less than a foot of dirt in that area but it doesn't seem to mind. The clump has expanded a lot and when one of the "cigars" broke off I laid it on the ground and it is growing a new shoot.
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plantladylin
Aug 30, 2013 1:20 PM CST
extranjera said:This is doing really well in the ground here, The clump has expanded a lot and when one of the "cigars" broke off I laid it on the ground and it is growing a new shoot.

Jonna: That is wonderful!! Hurray! It sure is a beautiful orchid!
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