Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


2147

Forb
Perennial

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

Uncommon

Look for it in bottomlands, floodplains, moist ravines, nearly always over calcareous rock ("marl") or coquina limestone, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Simple
Mostly basal rosette

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
White & Greenish
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 raceme

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Capsule

 

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Ponthieva racemosa   FAMILY Orchidaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Ponthieva racemosa   FAMILY Orchidaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 049-11-001:
Ponthieva racemosa   FAMILY Orchidaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Shadow Witch, Ponthieu's Orchid, Shadow-witch Orchid