Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


630

Forb
Perennial

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

Uncommon (rare in GA)

Look for it in , other moist forests, seepages, bogs, per Weakley's Flora

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partial shade ...Wet ...Moist ...Variable

LEAVES:
Simple
Alternate, with bracts upward

FLOWER:
Summer
Lilac-lavender/ Pinkish-purple
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
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):
Platanthera psycodes   FAMILY Orchidaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Platanthera psycodes   FAMILY Orchidaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 049-03-003a:
Habenaria psycodes var. psycodes   FAMILY Orchidaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Blephariglottis psycodes

 

COMMON NAME:
Small Purple Fringed Orchid, Butterfly Orchid


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image of Platanthera psycodes

Keith Bradley    kab_p_psychodes_2333

June        NC

image of Platanthera psycodes

Keith Bradley    kab_p_psychodes_2339

June        NC

image of Platanthera psycodes

Keith Bradley    kab_p_psychodes_2354

June        NC

image of Platanthera psycodes

Keith Bradley    kab_p_psychodes_2357

June        NC

image of Platanthera psycodes

Sam Pratt    sbp_photo13

June    Yancey County    NC

Mount Mitchell State Park

image of Platanthera psycodes

Ben Geer Keys    bgk630_a

Month Unknown        

Lip with 3 heavily fringed lobes. Nectary opening usually barbell-shaped, per Wild Orchids of South Carolina: A Popular Natural History.