Wild Florida Photo - Epidendrum nocturnum

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Epidendrum nocturnum

NIGHT-SCENTED ORCHID

NIGHT-FRAGRANT EPIDENDRUM

NIGHT-SCENTED EPIDENDRUM

Florida native

Endangered Florida species

 

Found in swamps and hammocks of south Florida, this epiphytic's range includes Puerto Rico and other West Indies islands, Mexico, Central America and northern South America.
Flowering mostly from July to January, this is the largest-flowered and most distinctive of the Epidendrum species in Florida. E. nocturnum is self-pollinating, resulting in many flowers being fertilized before fully opening. This situation causes the flowers to appear as though they were most showy the day before or will be the day after, and may be the case in these photos of the night-scented orchid.

 
Epidendrum nocturnum is a member of the Orchidaceae - Orchid family.

Other species of the Epidendrum genus in the Wild Florida Photo database:
  View  Epidendrum conopseum - GREEN FLY ORCHID
  View  Epidendrum rigidum - STIFF-FLOWER STAR ORCHID