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Epidendrum magnoliae var. magnoliae (Green fly orchid)
Cressler, Alan

Epidendrum magnoliae var. magnoliae

Epidendrum magnoliae Muhl. var. magnoliae

Green Fly Orchid, Greenfly Orchid

Orchidaceae (Orchid Family)

Synonym(s): Amphiglottis conopsea, Epidendrum conopseum


USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

An epiphytic Orchid, with numerous grayish-green flowers, sometimes tinged with purple, in a terminal cluster.

This Orchid is often found in association with, and hidden by, the epiphytic Resurrection Fern (Polypodium polypodioides). it is one of the most widespread and hardiest of the epiphytic Orchids and the only one found north of Florida. Its common and species names (the latter from a Greek term meaning "gnat-like") reflect the resemblance of the rather inconspicuous flowers to an insect.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Complexity: Simple

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Green , Purple
Bloom Time: Jan , Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug


USA: AL , FL , GA , LA , MS , NC , SC
Native Distribution: North Carolina south along Atlantic Coast to Florida; west along Gulf Coast to Louisiana.
Native Habitat: On live oak, magnolia, and other trees in cypress swamps and hammocks.

Additional resources

USDA: Find Epidendrum magnoliae var. magnoliae in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Epidendrum magnoliae var. magnoliae in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Epidendrum magnoliae var. magnoliae


Record Modified: 2014-09-25
Research By: TWC Staff

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