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Zeuxine strateumatica, Schlechter soldier's orchid, Centipede Grass Orchid

Zeuxine strateumatica

Schlechter soldier's orchid, Centipede Grass Orchid
Family: Orchidaceae
Groundcover and low-growing 2ftFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterWhite/off-white flowersDeciduousAttracts butterflies, hummingbirds

Z. strateumatica, has become naturalized in southern Florida after being introduced into the area as an adventive with Centipede Grass from China (this is where the Florida nickname "Centipede Grass Orchid" came from for this species.) Looks too nice to be just a weed! It emerges in winter, blooming in late December and January; within a few weeks, the plants vanish. The following year, they may return, and from the same root a new plant will grow next to the previous one.



Zeuxine strateumatica, Schlechter soldier's orchid, Centipede Grass Orchid
Zeuxine strateumatica, Schlechter soldier's orchid, Centipede Grass Orchid
This plant popped up right in the middle of the pathway
Zeuxine strateumatica, Schlechter soldier's orchid, Centipede Grass Orchid
Zeuxine strateumatica, Schlechter soldier's orchid, Centipede Grass Orchid


Link to this plant:
https://toptropicals.com/catalog/uid/zeuxine_strateumatica.htm