Epidendrum magnoliae Muhl. 1813 GROUP Magnoliae SUBGROUP Msgnoliae

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Another Angle Photos by Jay Pfahl

Inflorescence Photo by Bill Garris

Plant in situ on Florida Heritage Trail, Ocala National Forest 7/06 Photo by Jay Pfahl

MID to LATE

Common Name Greenfly Orchid [named so for the shape of the lip, see photo]

Flower Size to 3/4" [to 2.3 cm]

Found in Florida and Mexico as a miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphytic or rarely lithophytic orchid commonly refered to as the green-Fly Orchid which is found on trees in low woods and cypress swamps where it flowers mainly from mid-fall through the end of spring on a terminal, basally sheathed, lax, erect, short to 6 1/2" [16.5 cm], raceme with long lived, fragrant flowers which have a lip shaped like a green fly {See photo}, hence the common name. This species has thick fleshy roots, a simple reed-like stem enveloped by tubular, scarious sheaths and carries 2 to 3, articulate, narrowly elliptic, acute, sub-coriaceous leaves.

Synonyms Amphiglottis conopsea [R.Br.] Small 1933; Epidendrum conopseum R. Br. 1813; Epidendrum magnoliae var. mexicanum (L.O.Williams) P.M.Br. 2000; Larnandra conopsea (R. Br.) Raf. 1837; Larnandra magnolia Raf. 1825

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as E conopseum drawing ok; The Genus Epidendrum Ames 1936 as E conopseum; AOS Bulletin Vol 33 No 4 1964 as E conopseum drawing; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as E conopseum drawing fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as E conopseum ; AOS Bulletin Vol 35 No 10 1966 as E conopseum photo; Icones Orchidacearum 1 Plate 28 Hagsater & Sanchez 1990 as E conopseum drawing fide; Algunas Orquideas de Mexico Tomo 1 Suarez 2013 photo fide

Epidendrum conopseum var. mexicanum L.O. Williams Photo courtesy of Noble Bashor

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San Luis Potosi Mx., 1100 to 2000 m elev., between Ciudad del Maiz & El Naranjo, Epiphytic in mixed pine and oak forests.

Synonyms Epidendrum magnoliae Muhl. 1813; Larnandra magnolia Raf. 1825

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as E conopsea; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; AOS Bulletin Vol 70 No 12 2001 photo;

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