Orchid Island

Orchid island is the given name of the barrier island in Indian River County, and, if you closely examine the road signs that herald its name, you will see a depiction of butterfly orchid (Encyclia tampensis). The picture above was taken on Sunday, June 16, at the south Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area along the new trail cleared as part of Sam Keiffer’s Eagle Scout project. This stunning display was of epiphytes was spotted by (Eagle Eye) Steve Goff with Ken Gonyo after air potato control work.

Flowers are this orchid species are quite variable and range in color from greenish to reddish brown …

Note the substantial pseudobulbs, thickened stems often found on epiphytic orchids, that serve as storage organs …

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