Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


2135

Forb
Perennial

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

Common in GA, uncommon in SC, rare in NC

Look for it (it's an epiphyte) on limbs of trees, especially Magnolia grandiflora, Quercus virginiana, and Taxodium spp., in blackwater river swamps and mesic hardwood hammocks, usually on relatively horizontal limbs mixed with Pleopeltis polypodioides, also rarely in crevices of Altamaha Grit outcrops, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Simple

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Grayish-green / Yellowish-green with touches of purplish-green on petal tips
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
Capsule

 

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Epidendrum magnoliae   FAMILY Orchidaceae

(?) PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Epidendrum magnoliae var. magnoliae   FAMILY Orchidaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 049-17-001:
Epidendrum conopseum   FAMILY Orchidaceae

GREATER THAN Synthesis of the North American Flora (Kartesz, 1999)
Epidendrum conopseum var. conopseum

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Epidendrum magnoliae

 

COMMON NAME:
Green-fly Orchid