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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image of Calopogon tuberosus var. tuberosus

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

        

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.