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Nature Photography by Paul Rebmann
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CHINESE CROWN ORCHID
Not native to Florida
Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council: Category II designation
Invasive exotics that have increased in abundance or frequency but have not yet altered Florida plant communities to the extent shown by Category I species.
Planting this species should be avoided and removal of existing plants may be desirable.
This Asian orchid was first seen in Florida around 2006-2007 growing naturalized in wood mulch in Miami-Dade County. It can now be found in disturbed sites, hammocks, pinelands, coastal and cypress strands on the peninsula far north as the I-4 corridor. These photos were made in a powerline right-of-way on Key Largo.
Chinese crown orchids grow up to a meter (~ 3 ft.) tall, at first with numerous roots, then growing pseudobulbs, Leaves are small and narrow, the flowers in tall racemes. Most of the flower is green with purple venations, a prominent white lip also has purple markings. Fruit is a capsule 3cm (1-1/8 in.) in length.
For more about this invasive orchid, see the UF/IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants or this article at Treasure Coast Palm.