OF THE CAROLINAS & GEORGIA

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Isotria verticillata   FAMILY Orchidaceae


SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Isotria verticillata   FAMILY Orchidaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Guide to the Vascular Plants of Florida (Wunderlin & Hansen, 2003)
Pogonia verticillata

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 049-06-001:
Isotria verticillata   FAMILY Orchidaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Large Whorled Pogonia, Larger Five-leaves


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image of Isotria verticillata, Large Whorled Pogonia, Larger Five-leaves

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_isve_001_lvd

        

image of Isotria verticillata, Large Whorled Pogonia, Larger Five-leaves

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_i_verticillata_5

April        

image of Isotria verticillata, Large Whorled Pogonia, Larger Five-leaves

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_i_verticillata_c

April        

The long dark sepals & gaping lip resemble a large insect waiting for prey, per Wild Orchids of South Carolina: A Popular Natural History.

image of Isotria verticillata, Large Whorled Pogonia, Larger Five-leaves

Greg Peters    glp_05082013_v2

May    Transylvania County    NC

DuPont Forest

3 long, narrow sepals are light green at base, dark purplish-brown at tips, per Wild Orchids of South Carolina: A Popular Natural History.


click here to see other plants that look similar to this COMPARE Large and Small Whorled Pogonia and Indian Cucumber-root

image of Isotria verticillata, Large Whorled Pogonia, Larger Five-leaves

Greg Peters    glp_05102013_v2

May    Transylvania County    NC

DuPont Forest

image of Isotria verticillata, Large Whorled Pogonia, Larger Five-leaves

Greg Peters    glp_05102013_v2a

May    Transylvania County    NC

DuPont Forest

The bright green leaves tend to point upward when the plant is in flower, per Wild Orchids of South Carolina: A Popular Natural History.

image of Isotria verticillata, Large Whorled Pogonia, Larger Five-leaves

Jim Fowler    jafisovert_030511

May        NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

image of Isotria verticillata, Large Whorled Pogonia, Larger Five-leaves

Jim Fowler    jafisovert_close030511

May        NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Isotria verticillata   FAMILY Orchidaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Isotria verticillata   FAMILY Orchidaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Guide to the Vascular Plants of Florida (Wunderlin & Hansen, 2003)
Pogonia verticillata

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 049-06-001:
Isotria verticillata   FAMILY Orchidaceae

 

Find by scientific name:

767

Forb
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Uncommon to rare in GA, NC, SC

Look for it in moist to dry forests, per Weakley's Flora

map
Click here to see a more detailed map from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Herbarium,

or click here to see a map from SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria.

 

shade ...Moist ...Dry

LEAVES:
Simple
Whorls of 5

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Greenish /Purplish-brown
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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