Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


2149

Forb
Perennial

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

Uncommon in NC-SC, rare in GA

Look for it in pine savannas, dry to moist pine flatwoods, per Weakley's Flora

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...Moist ...Dry

LEAVES:
Simple
Mostly basal

FLOWER:
Spring
White (with green spot)
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:
Spring
Capsule

 

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Spiranthes eatonii   FAMILY Orchidaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Spiranthes eatonii   FAMILY Orchidaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Eaton's Ladies'-tresses


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image of Spiranthes eatonii

Jim Fowler    jafseatonii_group

April    Levy County    FL

image of Spiranthes eatonii

Jim Fowler    jafspi_eat

April    Levy County    FL

The tiny flowers are only 1/6" long, bright white with a green spot on lip, per Wild Orchids of South Carolina: A Popular Natural History.