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PlantFiles: Species Orchid, Cape Sable Dancing Lady Orchid, Mule-ear Trichocentrum
Trichocentrum undulatum

Family: Orchidaceae (or-kid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Trichocentrum
Species: undulatum (un-dew-LAY-tum) (Info)

Synonym:Epidendrum maculatum
Synonym:Epidendrum undulatum
Synonym:Lophiaris maculata
Synonym:Oncidium undulatum
Synonym:Trichocentrum maculatum

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

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USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade

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Bloom Color:
Fuchsia (Red-Purple)
Gold (Yellow-Orange)

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring


Other details:
This plant may be considered a protected species; check before digging or gathering seeds

Soil pH requirements:
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Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
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Seed Collecting:
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No positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Floridian On Jan 11, 2005, Floridian from Lutz, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

Epiphytic, herbaceous perennial with leaves that can reach over 3 feet long and 6 inches wide. The leaves are shaped like a mule's ear giving the common name. The arching, branched flower spike can reach 4 to 6 feet. The flowers are a mustardy yellow and mottled with reddish brown. It blooms from March through May.

Its natural habitat is the coastal forests of southern Florida and tropical America.

This plant is on the Florida Endangered Species list

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