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Old 11-09-2018, 07:44 PM
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Old 11-12-2018, 10:25 PM
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So here are some pf the the plants that triggered this post, first 2 are encyclia tampensis situ-ated (get the in situ pun?) on a bald cypress in a municipality south of Orlando on the side of a busy road... no more clues.
Note the fungus patches on the tree bark and I believe that is what the orchid seeds need to land on to feed on and start growing, first picture is a nice cluster of plants of which the larger hs already bloomed. Note2 that wild plants grow very slow as they are not fed regularly. Tampensis will do well in full sun, but they show the signs of surviving on the edge and most of the plants I have seen put out one or two bulbs per season until they are substantially older.
third picture is of a quasi native, originally from Africa. Oeceoclades maculata. Story has it that the plants' seeds hitched a ride on a hurricane and crossed the atlantic and is now well established in florida and the caribbean.
Last picture is a tropical oddity, the strangler fig seedling sprouted on a notch of a bald cypress that wil (eventually)choke the cypress and kill it. I ave seen this very unfriendly treatment done by stranglers to palmetto palms as the seeds start growing from crown.
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