OF THE CAROLINAS & GEORGIA

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (5/21/15):
Malaxis spicata   FAMILY Orchidaceae   NEW! Click to go to FSUS key


SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Malaxis spicata   FAMILY Orchidaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Malaxis spicata

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 049-14-001:
Malaxis spicata   FAMILY Orchidaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Malaxis spicata

 

COMMON NAME:
Florida Adder's-mouth Orchid


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image of Malaxis spicata, Florida Adder's-mouth Orchid

Jim Fowler    jafmspicata_3

September    Berkeley County    SC

Francis Marion National Forest

Similar in appearance and distribution to M. unifolia, but with 2-3 leaves, per Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers.


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image of Malaxis spicata, Florida Adder's-mouth Orchid

Jim Fowler    jafmspicata_close

September    Berkeley County    SC

Francis Marion National Forest

Plants bloom in Florida Aug-Feb; in Virginia June-Aug; in Pennsylvania in Sept, per Flora of North America.

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (5/21/15):
Malaxis spicata   FAMILY Orchidaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Malaxis spicata   FAMILY Orchidaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Malaxis spicata

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 049-14-001:
Malaxis spicata   FAMILY Orchidaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Malaxis spicata

 

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2142

Forb
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Habitat: Maritime swamp forests, calcareous but mucky swamps in the outer Coastal Plain, spring-fed swamps, wet hammocks, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Simple
Two stem leaves (rarely up to 5), subopposite

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Yellowish-orange/ Brownish/ 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

Flowers in a terminal raceme

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Capsule

 

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