Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1911

Forb
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Rare

Look for it in humid forests & swamps, rhododendron thickets, esp on rotten logs or on humus, in the mountains often under hemlock, per Weakley's Flora

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shade ...Wet ...Moist

LEAVES:
Simple

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
White/ Pink (veined with purple & green)
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:
Summer/Fall

 

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (5/21/15):
Triphora trianthophoros var. trianthophoros   FAMILY Orchidaceae

LESS THAN & ORTHOGRAPHIC VARIANT PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Triphora trianthophora   FAMILY Orchidaceae

LESS THAN & ORTHOGRAPHIC VARIANT VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 049-05-001:
Triphora trianthophora   FAMILY Orchidaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH (ORTHOGRAPHIC VARIANT) Flora of North America
Triphora trianthophora ssp. trianthophora

 

COMMON NAME:
Nodding Pogonia, Three Birds Orchid, Nodding Ettercap


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image of Triphora trianthophoros var. trianthophoros, Nodding Pogonia, Three Birds Orchid, Nodding Ettercap

Jim Fowler    jaftriphora_pinkgroup2

August        NC

Pisgah National Forest

Tiny half-inch flowers at apex of a succulent green to reddish-green stem, per Wild Orchids of South Carolina: A Popular Natural History.

image of Triphora trianthophoros var. trianthophoros, Nodding Pogonia, Three Birds Orchid, Nodding Ettercap

Jim Fowler    jaftriphora_pinkgroup6

August        NC

Pisgah National Forest

image of Triphora trianthophoros var. trianthophoros, Nodding Pogonia, Three Birds Orchid, Nodding Ettercap

Jim Fowler    jaftriphora_white1

August        NC

Pisgah National Forest

Petals and sepals may be pure white or white tipped with pink or purple, per Wild Orchids of South Carolina: A Popular Natural History.