Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


2136

Forb
Perennial

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

Uncommon (rare in NC-SC), essentially a Southeastern Coastal Plain endemic

Look for it in wet savannas, per Weakley's Flora

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partial shade ...Wet

LEAVES:
Simple
Alternate, with bracts upward

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer/Fall
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
Raceme

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer/Fall
Capsule

 

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Platanthera nivea   FAMILY Orchidaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Platanthera nivea   FAMILY Orchidaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 049-03-009:
Habenaria nivea   FAMILY Orchidaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Gymnadeniopsis nivea

 

COMMON NAME:
Snowy Orchid, Bog-spike


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image of Platanthera nivea

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_gyni2_001_lvd

        

image of Platanthera nivea

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_platanthera_nivea

March        

Spur 11-23mm, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Platanthera nivea

Jim Fowler    jafgymnnive_single030621

June    Charlton County    GA

Flowers so white as to seem illuminated from within. Lip entire, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Platanthera nivea

Jim Fowler    jafgymnnivea_group030621

June    Charlton County    GA

Once locally abundant in the Carolinas' outer Coastal Plain, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Platanthera nivea

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_platanthera_nivea_c

August