OF THE CAROLINAS & GEORGIA

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Platanthera clavellata   FAMILY Orchidaceae   NEW! Click to go to FSUS key


SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Platanthera clavellata   FAMILY Orchidaceae

(?) VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 049-03-011:
Habenaria clavellata   FAMILY Orchidaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Gymnadeniopsis clavellata

 

COMMON NAME:
Small Green Wood Orchid, Club-spur Orchid, Woodland Orchid, Streamhead Orchid


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_gycl_001_lvd

        

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JK Marlow    jkm210603_0966

June    Greenville County    SC

Blackwell Heritage Preserve

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JK Marlow    jkm210603_0968

June    Greenville County    SC

Blackwell Heritage Preserve

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JK Marlow    jkm120705_670

July    Greenville County    SC

Ashmore Heritage Preserve

The lip of each 1/4" flower is slightly larger at its 3-lobed tip, per Wild Orchids of South Carolina: A Popular Natural History.

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JK Marlow    jkm150712_437

July    Pickens County    SC

Table Rock State Park

Usually 1 major leaf, low but not basal, clasping, keeled, oblanceolate, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

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JK Marlow    jkm080802_004

August    Jackson County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

image of Platanthera clavellata, Small Green Wood Orchid, Club-spur Orchid, Woodland Orchid, Streamhead Orchid

JK Marlow    jkm080802_007

August    Jackson County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

image of Platanthera clavellata, Small Green Wood Orchid, Club-spur Orchid, Woodland Orchid, Streamhead Orchid

Laura Godfrey    lau_20220809_104004

August    Greenville County    SC

Bald Rock Heritage Preserve

Each flower has a half-inch club-shaped spur that points back & downward, per Wild Orchids of South Carolina: A Popular Natural History.

image of Platanthera clavellata, Small Green Wood Orchid, Club-spur Orchid, Woodland Orchid, Streamhead Orchid

JK Marlow    jkm210907_3573

September    Greenville County    SC

Blackwell Heritage Preserve

Fruits are small, ellipsoid capsules, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Platanthera clavellata   FAMILY Orchidaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Platanthera clavellata   FAMILY Orchidaceae

(?) VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 049-03-011:
Habenaria clavellata   FAMILY Orchidaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Gymnadeniopsis clavellata

 

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628

Forb
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Habitat: seepages, bogs, swamps, other wet places, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Simple
1(2) leaves low on the stem

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Greenish-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

Raceme

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Capsule

 

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