Zeuxine strateumatica (L.) Schltr. - Lawn Orchid, Soldier's Orchid
Family - Orchidaceae
Flowering - November - March.
Habitat - Lawns, open grassy sites, flower beds, disturbed sites.
Origin - Native to Asia.
Other information - This little species has been reported from only one coastal Alabama county thus far. It may be more common but the plant is easy to miss becasue of its small size and short growing period. The plant blooms and dies very quickly. Two (or more) new plants will arise from the base of the dead plant. It sometimes takes years for the new plants to grow. In areas where the plant is well established it can be quite attractive despite the fact that the plants only grow to about +/-10cm tall.
Photographs taken off Hwy. 27, Polk County, Fl., 2-13-03.