[Native Gardening] New blog entry - Cranefly Orchid (Tipularia discolor)


I have updated the Florida Native Orchid Blog with an entry covering a common, but interesting, native woodland orchid. It is quite widepsread, growing from Michigan all the way down to just north of Ocala, Florida. I remember when I first discovered these growing near a stream that I often hiked to from my home as a teenager...I had lost my footing and slid about five or six feet down an embankment, my arms flailing wildly, trying to grab onto surrounding vegetation to break my slide. When I finally splashed into the stream (did I mention that this was wintertime?), I looked in my hand at a leaf that I happened to grab on the way down. It had that distinctive green topside with a deep purple underside that I had read about in Luer in the previous weeks. Scouting around, it turned out to be pretty common in this area. The next summer, I managed to find a few plants in flower. I visited this area often for the next several decades until moving to Orlando from Tallahassee, Florida.

To see some photos and find out more about this species, visit the Florida Native Orchid Blog:


Prem Subrahmanyam
Florida's Native Orchid website

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