|The butterfly orchid is Florida's most
common wild orchid. While it is protected by law (collection from
the wild is prohibited), private growers propagate and share it. Orchids
are usually found growing on mangroves, pond apples, oaks, and pines.
They have one to three leaves, from a few inches to a foot or more
in length, growing from a gray-green pseudobulb. Several flowers appear
alternately on a tall, thin stalk, flowering from spring to fall.
Many variations in bloom color have been found.