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Epidendrum conopseum [= Epidendrum magnoliae]

Green-fly Orchid, Green Fly Orchid

Scientific Name:

Epidendrum conopseum [= Epidendrum magnoliae]

Genus:

Epidendrum

Species Epithet:

conopseum

Common Name:

Green-fly Orchid, Green Fly Orchid

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Orchidaceae (Orchid Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

0-1 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Yellow, Green

Light:

Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day, Less than 2 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist, Wet

Bloom Time:

July, August, September, October

Growing Area:

Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Epiphytic on limbs of trees, especially Magnolia grandiflora, Quercus virginiana, and Taxodium spp., in blackwater river swamps and mesic hardwood hammocks, usually on relatively horizontal limbs mixed with Pleopeltis polypodioides, also rarely in crevices of Altamaha Grit outcrops. Rare on the NC coastal plain; more common farther south and west.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Evergreen

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Not Recommended for home landscapes

State Rank:

S1: Critically imperiled, S2: Imperiled (*Key)

Global Rank:

G4 - Apparently Secure (*Key)

State Status:

T: Threatened (*Key)

Notes:

It is the most cold-hardy and northern-growing epiphytic orchid in North America.
NC Natural Heritage Program NC Rank: S1S2

Plants

image

© David R. McAdoo

Blooming

image

© David R. McAdoo

Close up of Bloom

image

David McAdoo

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

http://www.orchidspecies.com/epiconopseum.htm


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