Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


2158

Forb
Perennial

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

Common in Coastal Plain (uncommon in Piedmont, rare in Mountains)

Look for it in savannas, bogs, marshes, fairly dry fields, per Weakley's Flora

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...Wet ...Variable

LEAVES:
Simple
Mostly basal

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer/Fall
Yellowish/Often 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

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer/Fall
Capsule

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



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

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

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Spiranthes vernalis   FAMILY Orchidaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 049-12-007:
Spiranthes vernalis   FAMILY Orchidaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Ibidium vernale

 

COMMON NAME:
Spring Ladies'-tresses


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_ibve_001_lvd

        

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Keith Bradley    kab_s_vernalis_72938

March    Miami-Dade County    FL

Everglades National Park

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Keith Bradley    kab_s_vernalis_72964

March    Miami-Dade County    FL

Everglades National Park

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Keith Bradley    kab_s_vernalis_72984

March    Miami-Dade County    FL

Everglades National Park

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Keith Bradley    kab_s_vernalis_73005

March    Miami-Dade County    FL

Everglades National Park

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Patrick D. McMillan    pdmsvernalis_dogswamp1

May?    Berkeley County    SC

Francis Marion National Forest

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Patrick D. McMillan    pdmsvernalis_moultrie

May?        SC

Lake Moultrie

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Jim Fowler    jafsvernalis_2001

June    Pickens County    SC

Unique in its orange/brown spots on lip & pointed hairs on stem & flowers, per Wild Orchids of South Carolina: A Popular Natural History.

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Jim Fowler    jafsvernalis_2002

June    Pickens County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm080607_002

June    Pickens County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm080607_003

June    Pickens County    SC