Welcome to my Central Florida Garden Blog where we garden combining Florida natives, Florida-Friendly plants, and tropicals.
Monday, June 21, 2010
Last week the wispy buds and delicate blooms of the butterly orchids, Encyclia tampensis living on the oak trees were noticed as I rounded the corner to the edible garden. This weekend I finally remembered to take some photos.
Butterfly orchids are epiphytes so they receive absolutely zero attention from me. That along with their demure size means they could easily be overlooked. Tiny blooms maybe but nonetheless beautiful and capturing when observed.
An epiphyte causes no harm to the host plant it is attached to as it receives its nutrients from the air.
Last year I wrote more extensively about this sweet Florida Native which you can read here.