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Clamshell Orchid 2-20120930 | by Kenneth Cole Schneider
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Clamshell Orchid 2-20120930

Clamshell Orchid (Encyclia cochleata) Endangered in Florida this showy orchid is usually found there on trees a meter or two above the high water mark in a swamp where there is always standing water. The Florida species are of a variation know as triandra which refers to the three anthers. Species in other areas normally have but one. This has lead some to conclude that the plants in Florida are all descended from a single plant. One of the tiny orchid seeds may have been transported from more tropical regions by a bird or a storm. The water of the swamp provides thermal mass to protect this and other delicate orchids from the cold weather that occasionally strikes southern Florida.



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Taken on September 30, 2012