Cracker Creek hosts a variety of Native Florida plants, like the beautiful epidendrum magnoliae orchid pictured below. This species is the only orchid that grows in the wild in North America, as far north as North Carolina.

Cracker Creek orchid epidendrum magnoliae

Cracker Creek epidendrum magnoliae orchid

“This orchid is relatively frequently encountered in hydric and mesic hammocks, most often on Live Oak (Quercus virginiana) trees amongst the resurrection ferns (Pleopeltis polypodioides). Other common host trees include Bald Cypress (Taxodium distichum) and Southern Magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora),” says the Florida Native Orchid article.

Cracker Creek epidendrum magnoliae orchid

Cracker Creek epidendrum magnoliae orchid

Finding these orchids can be challenging because they grow within the resurrection ferns and tillandsia, all epiphytic plants. One suggestion is to wait for a few dry days before searching for specimen because that will allow the resurrection fern to dry up and exposing the orchids.

Cracker Creek epidendrum magnoliae with seed pods

Cracker Creek epidendrum magnoliae with seed pods

The picture above shows the seed pods hanging from the mother plant. These photos were taken at Cracker Creek in December 2007.

Frank has a diverse portfolio and experience in many aspects of business marketing, negotiations, and production. His expertise includes manufacturing processes, international marketing support and development to video recording travels in the tropical rain forests and the Amazon river to full-length feature movies. Frank accomplished certification in Project Management Institute as a certified PMP in 2007. In 2008, Frank released a 10-minute video PSA about a local volunteer organization that cleans up local waterways to prevent animal maiming and death. In 2011, Frank graduated from the Valencia College Motion Picture program where he worked on 3 full-length movies, a TV pilot, and several short movies, credited as Producer, Production Assistant, Assistant Editor, Editor, and Cast. In 2013, the Palm Beach International Film Festival selected the short movie "Moments Like These" for first place award for the Student Showcase of Film, in addition to the Treasure Coast International Film Festival first place award. Since graduating Valencia College, Frank has worked on a variety of projects from 2 more full-length movies, custom DVD applications to Content Marketing for Cracker Creek.

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