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Bulbophyllum pachyrachis (A. Richard) Grisebach. Rat-tailed Orchid, Rat-tail Orchid. Phen: Nov-Dec. Hab: Sloughs, epiphytic on Annona glabra. Dist: S. Florida (Collier County); West Indies (Greater Antilles); Mexico, Central America, and n. South America. A few remnant plants were last seen growing wild in the United States in 1972 by Carlyle Luer "secreted away in some inaccessible niche" in Collier County, FL.

ID notes:A highly distinct, pendant spike with sessile flowers makes this epiphytic orchid unique in the flora.

Origin/Endemic status: Native

Synonymy: = FNA26, K3, K4, WH3, WI

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image of plant© Roger L. Hammer | Original Image ⭷


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