Efforts to Restore Dancing Lady Orchids Off to a Great Start

Sunday, Sep 16, 2018

The collaborative work between Palm Beach County’s Environmental Resource Management services and FAU-Pine Jog Environmental Education Center to re-introduce Florida native orchids is off to an amazing start. So far, we have established 4,871 orchids at seven sites including the Pondhawk and East Conservation Areas, and scrub sites at Hypoluxo, Lantana, High Ridge, and Yamato. This month, we took our participating OrKids students to check on the survivability of the Dancing ladies ( Tolumnia bahamensis ) at all scrub sites. We were pleasantly surprised to document orchids blooming at three of the four sites (Hypoluxo, High Ridge, and Yamato). We calculate that over 40% of the re-established population has survived the first six months in the wild. Special thanks go to the Palm Beach Impact 100 organization that funded the start-up of the Orkids project which made these plantings possible.