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Ionopsis utricularioides

Ionopsis utricularioides (Sw.) Lindl.

Delicate Ionopsis, Delicate Violet Orchid

Orchidaceae (Orchid family)



USDA Native Status: L48 (N), PR (N), VI (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Plant up to about 6 inches tall. Flowering stem up to about 20 inches.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Red , Pink , Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: Jan , Feb , Mar , Apr , Dec


Native Distribution: Known in North America only in Florida, where it is considered endangered.
Native Habitat: Epiphytic, growing in moist woodlands and swamps.


Propagation Material: Seeds

Web Reference

Webref 3 - Flora of North America (2014) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 35 - Go Orchids (2019) North American Orchid Conservation Center (NAOCC)

Additional resources

USDA: Find Ionopsis utricularioides in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Ionopsis utricularioides in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Ionopsis utricularioides


Record Modified: 2019-06-25
Research By: CBR

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