Epidendrum floridense Hágsater

Florida Star Orchid

Facts About

There are no synonyms for this orchid.

Epidendrum floridense, commonly known as the Florida Star Orchid, grows in south Florida and extends into Cuba. The narrow leaves are leathery and succulent and alternate along the length of the unbranched stem. The inflorescence is a raceme of up to 20 yellow-green flowers with sepals and petals that are spread widely and very broad, pale green lip. The cluster of round, hanging fruits resemble miniature pumpkins. This orchid typically grows on trees such as pop ash and pond apple, in sloughs, tropical hammocks and swamps around the Everglades and Lake Okeechobee.

Epidendrum floridense is considered endangered in Florida although its global conservation status has not been reported. This orchid may be susceptible to increasing intensities of winter freezes.


This orchid is pollinated by nocturnal moths including Anticarsia gemmatalis, Lymire edwardsii and Phyprosopus callitrichoides. The majority of visitors are males, possibly attracted by pheromone mimicking scents, although the flowers produce copious nectar within the nectar tube.

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Leaf arrangement:
Number of leaves on stem:
  • five
  • six
  • seven or more
Form of the labellum:
the labellum is not pouch-like
Labellum outline:
the labellum is lobed
Main color of labellum:
  • green to brown
  • yellow
Nectar spur:
Inflorescence type:
the inflorescence is a raceme
Labellum characteristics:
the labellum is lobed
Labellum length:
5–9 mm
Plant height:
Up to 30 cm
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Native to North America


North American Conservation Status & Distribution

Conservation Status

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Conservation and Wetland Status
Global Rank N/A
US Status N/A
Canadian Status N/A

North America Distribution

Adapted from USDA data