Monk orchid

Oeceoclades maculata -- Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants

Oeceoclades maculata

Non-Native to Florida

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Download a page (PDF 170 KB) from Identification and Biology of Nonnative Plants in Florida’s Natural Areas – Second Edition, by K.A. Langeland, H.M. Cherry, et al. University of Florida-IFAS Pub SP 257. 2008.

Date of introduction to Florida: pre-1974 (escaped cultivation or natural expansion)

(from Strangers in Paradise, Impact and Management of Nonindigenous Species in Florida, Chapter 2: Florida’s Invasion by Nonindigenous Plants: History, Screening, and Regulation, by D.R. Gordon and K.P. Thomas, pp. 21-37. Island Press, Washington, DC, 1997.)


    This orchid is rarely found growing in in Alachua county and the central and southern peninsula of Florida, preferring dry hammocks and middens. It is native to Africa and blooms from summer to winter (Wunderlin, 2003).

    In the U.S., monk orchid is found in Florida and Puerto Rico; it also occurs in the Virgin Islands.

    monk orchid View the herbarium specimen image of the University of Florida Herbarium Digital Imaging Projects.