Wild Florida Photo - Zeuxine strateumatica

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Zeuxine strateumatica

SOLDIER'S ORCHID

LAWN ORCHID

Not native to Florida

 

This annual orchid is native to Asia and now found in lawns, shrub borders, roadsides and other disturbed sites in most Florida counties. It is also now naturalized in Georgia, Louisiana, Texas, Puerto Rico and Hawaii.
A small terrestrial plant 4-25cm (1-1/2 to 10 in.) tall, with five to twelve lanceolate leaves that are green with purple and/or tan pigmentation, 1-8cm( 3/8 to 3 in.) long and up to 1 cm (~3/8 in.) wide. The flowers are white with a yellow lip narrowing at the base. There are five to fifty flowers in a terminal spike.

 
Zeuxine strateumatica is a member of the Orchidaceae - Orchid family.