May in many areas of the northern hemisphere would be considered late spring. In central and southern Florida, it is decidedly summer-like already with temperatures in the 90s and a blazing sun that will burn your skin in a matter of minutes. Here are a few flowers that you might encounter in Florida at this time. It is by no means an exhaustive list, as many more species are in flower than just these...in fact, at any time of the year in Florida, as many as 40 species might be in flower somewhere in our wild areas. Click each thumbnail to go to the full profile page for the species on my website.
Grass Pink (Calopogon tuberosus)
Scarlet Ladies Tresses (Sacoila lanceolata)
Florida Dancing Lady Orchid (Tolumnia bahamensis)
Water Spider Orchid (Habenaria repens)
Spring Ladies Tresses (Spiranthes vernalis)
Rose Pogonia (Pogonia ophioglossoides)
Florida Butterfly Orchid (Encyclia tampensis)
Renanthera monachica in Puerto Rico damaged by a native orchid weeveil Stethobaris polita - An intact flower for comparison. Last week I was looking forward to enjoying the beauty of an inflorescence of Renanthera monachica with all its flowers ...
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