OF THE CAROLINAS & GEORGIA

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA OF THE SOUTHEASTERN US (4/24/22):
Platanthera nivea   FAMILY Orchidaceae   Go to FSUS key


SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Platanthera nivea   FAMILY Orchidaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Platanthera nivea

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 049-03-009:
Habenaria nivea   FAMILY Orchidaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Gymnadeniopsis nivea

 

COMMON NAME:
Snowy Orchid, Bog-spike


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image of Platanthera nivea, Snowy Orchid, Bog-spike

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

        

image of Platanthera nivea, Snowy Orchid, Bog-spike

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_platanthera_nivea

March        

Lip uppermost (flowers not resupinate), per Weakley's Flora (2022).

image of Platanthera nivea, Snowy Orchid, Bog-spike

Jim Fowler    jafgymnnive_single030621

June    Charlton County    GA

Flowers so white as to seem illuminated from within, per Weakley's Flora (2022).

image of Platanthera nivea, Snowy Orchid, Bog-spike

Jim Fowler    jafgymnnivea_group030621

June    Charlton County    GA

Once locally abundant in the Carolinas' outer Coastal Plain, per Weakley's Flora (2022).

image of Platanthera nivea, Snowy Orchid, Bog-spike

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_platanthera_nivea_c

August        

Spur 10-18mm long, borne horizontally, and in side view of the inflorescence crossing the rachis, per Weakley's Flora (2022).

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA OF THE SOUTHEASTERN US (4/24/22):
Platanthera nivea   FAMILY Orchidaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Platanthera nivea   FAMILY Orchidaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Platanthera nivea

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 049-03-009:
Habenaria nivea   FAMILY Orchidaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Gymnadeniopsis nivea

 

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2136

Forb
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Rare

Habitat: Wet pine savannas, acid seepages, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Simple
Alternate, with floral 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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