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Dwarf butterfly orchid

Prosthechea pygmaea


One of the rarest orchids that can be found in North America is Prosthechea pygmaea (dwarf butterfly orchid). The flower is tiny, about the size of a thumb's nail. Most of their flowers don't open up all the way, so we were lucky to find this little jewel early in October.


Epiphytic orchid found in sloughs among pop ash and pond apple trees.

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Naples, Florida, USA

Spotted on Oct 13, 2012
Submitted on Nov 13, 2012

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