Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Monocots: Asparagales
Dig deeper at SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria.
Read more from the South Carolina Plant Conservation Alliance.
Learn more about Monkey-face Orchid from the Vascular Plants of North Carolina.
SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America north of Mexico, vol. 26 (2002)
SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 049-03-013b?:
Habenaria blephariglottis var. integrilabia FAMILY Orchidaceae
Monkey-face Orchid, White Fringeless Orchid
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Similar to P. blephariglottis var. conspicua, except its lip is unfringed, per Wild Orchids of South Carolina: A Popular Natural History (Fowler, 2005).
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Collecting nectar from a spur up to 3" long requires a very long proboscis, per Wild Orchids of South Carolina: A Popular Natural History (Fowler, 2005).
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The showy, fragrant flowers are adapted to evening-flying hawk moths, per Wildflowers & Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and Piedmont (Spira, 2011).
Flora of North America north of Mexico, vol. 26
Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Rare (historically in NC, but not recently seen)
CLICK HERE to see a map, notes, and images from Weakley's Flora of the Southeastern US.
Click here to see a map showing all occurrences known to SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria. (Zoom in to see more detail.)
Alternate, with floral bracts upward
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
TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!
- Guide to the Wildflowers of SC, 1st ed. (Porcher & Rayner, 2001) p118
- Newcomb's Wildflower Guide (Newcomb, 1977) p042?
- Field Guide to the Rare Plants of Georgia (Chafin, 2007) p275
- Field Guide to the Rare Plants of Georgia (Chafin, 2007) p277
- Wild Orchids of South Carolina: A Popular Natural History (Fowler, 2005) p138
- Wildflowers of Tennessee (Carman, 2005) p401
- Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians (Horn, Cathcart, Hemmerly, & Duhl, 2005) p461
- Wildflowers & Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and Piedmont (Spira, 2011) p425
- Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains (Smith, 1998) p027
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