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.
Monkey-face Orchid, White Fringeless Orchid
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Jim Fowler jafpintegrilabia
Similar to P. blephariglottis var. conspicua, except its lip is unfringed, per Wild Orchids of South Carolina: A Popular Natural History.
Jim Fowler jafplaintegrilbabia_thm1
Collecting nectar from a spur up to 3" long requires a very long proboscis, per Wild Orchids of South Carolina: A Popular Natural History.
Tim Spira tpspintegrilabia4
The showy, fragrant flowers are adapted to evening-flying hawk moths, per Wildflowers & Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and Piedmont.
Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC
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 p118
- Newcomb's Wildflower Guide p042?
- Wild Flowers of NC, 1st edition p043?
- Wild Orchids of South Carolina: A Popular Natural History p138
- Wildflowers of Tennessee p401
- Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians p461
- Wildflowers & Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and Piedmont p425
- Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains p027