Cowhorn orchid

More than 100 species of orchids are native to Florida. One of the more spectacular is Cyrtopodium punctatum; a relatively small individual is seen here growing on the trunk of a dwarf cypress tree. A seed pod hangs from the inflorescence.

The common name of this species refers to the spindle-shaped pseudobulb that serves as a water storage organ. It is also known as the cigar orchid for the same reason.

An excellent way to get to know all of Florida’s native orchids is to look over Wild Orchids of Florida, written by Paul Martin Brown and published in 2002 by the University Press of Florida, Gainesville.

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