Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1909

Forb
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Uncommon (rare in Mountains & Piedmont)

Look for it in savannas, sandhill seeps, floating peat mats, in Piedmont & Mountains in bogs, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun ...Wet

LEAVES:
Simple

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Pink/ Magenta/ Lavender (rarely white)
Bisexual
Bilaterally symmetrical
3 sepals, two lateral and one dorsal
3 petals, the two lateral similar and a third (the lip) enlarged
stamens and pistil fused together into a column
Inferior ovary

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer
Capsule

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Monocots: Asparagales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Calopogon tuberosus var. tuberosus   FAMILY Orchidaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Calopogon tuberosus var. tuberosus   FAMILY Orchidaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 049-10-002:
Calopogon pulchellus   FAMILY Orchidaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Common Grass-pink


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picture of Calopogon pulchellus, image of Calopogon tuberosus var. tuberosus

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_litu4_001_lvd

        

picture of Calopogon pulchellus, image of Calopogon tuberosus var. tuberosus

JK Marlow    jkm0505t_06

May    Williamsburg County    SC

Dilated distal portion of middle lip lobe usually much wider than long, per Weakley's Flora.

picture of Calopogon pulchellus, image of Calopogon tuberosus var. tuberosus

JK Marlow    jkm100514_110

May    Greenville County    SC

Ashmore Heritage Preserve

Flowers open progressively upwards, fewer than 4 open at any one time, per Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers.

picture of Calopogon pulchellus, image of Calopogon tuberosus var. tuberosus

JK Marlow    jkm100514_114

May    Greenville County    SC

Ashmore Heritage Preserve

A curved and winged column projects from the center of the flower, per Wild Orchids of South Carolina: A Popular Natural History.

picture of Calopogon pulchellus, image of Calopogon tuberosus var. tuberosus

JK Marlow    jkm100514_125

May    Greenville County    SC

Ashmore Heritage Preserve

Upper petal (lip) narrow, spreading to a triangular tip w orange bristles, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

picture of Calopogon pulchellus, image of Calopogon tuberosus var. tuberosus

JK Marlow    jkm110522_635

May    Greenville County    SC

Ashmore Heritage Preserve

One or two linear-lanceolate, strongly ribbed leaves, 6-20" long, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

picture of Calopogon pulchellus, image of Calopogon tuberosus var. tuberosus

Tim Spira    tps_ctuberosus

Month Unknown        

Sepals and lateral petals are nearly alike, spreading, 0.6-1" long, per Wildflowers of Tennessee.