Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Forb
Perennial

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

Common (uncommon in GA-SC Piedmont, rare in SC Coastal Plain)

Look for it in dry to mesic, acid forests & woodlands, often under pine or other conifers, per Weakley's Flora

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partial shade ...Moist ...Dry

LEAVES:
Simple

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Pink/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
Capsule

 

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Cypripedium acaule   FAMILY Orchidaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Cypripedium acaule   FAMILY Orchidaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 049-01-001:
Cypripedium acaule   FAMILY Orchidaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Fissipes acaulis

 

COMMON NAME:
Pink Lady's Slipper, Mocassin Flower


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide    pnd_cyac3_009_lvd

        

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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_fiac_001_lvd

        

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JK Marlow    jkm090412_244

April    Greenville County    SC

Chestnut Ridge Heritage Preserve

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JK Marlow    jkm110417_951

April    Cleburne County    AL

Mount Cheaha

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JK Marlow    jkm120403_425

April    Henderson County    NC

Holmes Educational Forest

Fruits are ellipsoid capsules 1.0-1.75" long, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

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JK Marlow    jkm120403_429

April    Henderson County    NC

Holmes Educational Forest

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JK Marlow    jkm150424_732

April    Blount County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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JK Marlow    jkm160421_404

April    Sevier County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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Ben Geer Keys    bgk2294_a

May    Transylvania County    NC

Cypripedium acaule forma albiflorum (the white form)

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Ben Geer Keys    bgk426_b

May        

To pollinate, insects enter thru a small vertical slit in the lip front, per Wild Orchids of South Carolina: A Popular Natural History.

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Wesley Burnett    gwb070506_0469

May    Gaston County    NC

Redlair Farms

The inflated lower petal forms a moccasin-like pouch 1.5-2" long, per Wild Flowers of NC, 1st edition.

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Bill Sharpton    gws_pinkladysslipper

May    Pickens County    SC

Clemson Forest

Stately pink flower with curled brown sepals at the top of a leafless stalk, per Great Smoky Mountains Wildflowers.

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JK Marlow    jkm0405o_18

May    Greenville County    SC

Roadside

Our only Lady's Slipper without stem leaves, per Newcomb's Wildflower Guide.

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JK Marlow    jkm110507_274

May    Pickens County    SC

Jocassee Gorges

Floral bract somewhat arched above flower, lanceolate, 4-5cm long, acuminate, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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JK Marlow    jkm160504_345

May    Jackson County    NC

Panthertown

Seedling?

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Keith Bradley    kab_c_acaule_73425

May        NC

Pisgah National Forest

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Kevin Adams    kcacypripediumacaule_36

May        NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_cypripedium_acaule_s

May        

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Tim Spira    tps_cacuale_4flws1

May        

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Ben Geer Keys    bgk426_a

May?        

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JK Marlow    jkm090711_013

July    Greenville County    SC

Chestnut Ridge Heritage Preserve

Two large, strongly ribbed, basal leaves, per Wildflowers & Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and Piedmont.

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_cypripedium_acaule_c

July    Floyd County    GA

The Pocket Recreation Area