Plant ID forum: What flower is this?

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ajean923
Feb 12, 2018 12:40 PM CST
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It's been raining for three days here, in Northwest Florida. Along with the copious amount of columnar stinkhorns that have opened up, these little beauties have also broken out of dormancy. My director and I were curious if anyone had insight into the identification of these little flowers. Can they be transplanted to our native plant demonstration garden? Thanks!

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greene
Feb 12, 2018 1:56 PM CST
Look at Soldier Orchid...
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DaisyI
Feb 12, 2018 2:08 PM CST
They do look like orchid flowers.
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ScotTi
Feb 12, 2018 2:33 PM CST
I have had them appear in my back lawn for years. This past Dec when they appeared I pulled some out and stuck in a flowerbed where they continued to grow on and flower.
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greene
Feb 12, 2018 2:53 PM CST
Yep, I used to tell people that I did not grow any orchids. Then these little plants showed up. So I guess I do have a type of 'orchid' - at least the common name.

Another cutie that pops up all by itself is a spiral 'orchid'.
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Australis
Feb 12, 2018 6:14 PM CST

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I agree it does look like an orchid.

And @greene, if you have both Soldier Orchid (Zeuxine strateumatica) and Florida Lady's Tresses (Spiranthes brevilabris var. floridana) in your garden, then you definitely grow Orchids! Both species are part of the Orchidaceae family. Orchids can be terrestrial (growing in the ground), lithophytic (growing on rocks) or epiphytic (growing on other plants).
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greene
Feb 12, 2018 6:17 PM CST
Australis said:then you definitely grow Orchids!


Thank You! But I cannot take credit as these plants have appeared on their own with no human intervention. *Blush* I especially like the spiral kind. So pretty. I mow around them and hope they will come back every year. Crossing Fingers!
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DaisyI
Feb 12, 2018 6:41 PM CST
As there's no "green with envy" emoji, I'll just give you this. Lovey dubby
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Ursula
Feb 12, 2018 8:12 PM CST
I would flip my lid if I would see them popping up in my lawn here. Smiling
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DaisyI
Feb 12, 2018 8:41 PM CST
Ursula, you've changed!

Yes, I want them to show up in my yard too. Fat chance! Smiling
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Ursula
Feb 12, 2018 9:13 PM CST
Yes, I did! Smiling
I think I used the pic of the Phaiocalanthe Kryptonite 'Ursula' for more years than I can remember! It was time for my alter ego to emerge! Whistling

We do see Spiranthes cernua popping up in the ditch of road sides in Pennsylvania and on a highway in PA, but never in NJ.
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greene
Feb 12, 2018 9:31 PM CST
There are some lawn fanatics who consider these to be ...dare I say the word? Weeds!
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ctcarol
Feb 12, 2018 9:50 PM CST
I would think I'd died and gone to heaven if any kind of orchid popped up in my yard. Hilarious!
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DaisyI
Feb 12, 2018 10:10 PM CST
Me too.
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ajean923
Feb 13, 2018 8:24 AM CST
greene said:There are some lawn fanatics who consider these to be ...dare I say the word? Weeds!


How dare they!!! Weeds are just poor plants unloved. Sighing!
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stone
Feb 14, 2018 1:03 PM CST
greene said:There are some lawn fanatics who consider these to be ...dare I say the word? Weeds!


Yeah, there's a lot of nut-jobs that will poison the flower bulbs that the previous home-owner scattered through the yard...

While one person's landscaping efforts might not be appealing to another person, there is plenty of us who would be happy to rescue the flower bulbs out of the turf... Poison is just adding insult to injury.

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