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Wet pine savanna.
On the coastal plain from NJ to FL and TX.
Herbaceous perennial 20-100 cm; basal leaves 3-10(-15) mm wide and up to 30 cm long; cauline sheaths 4-6, the lower with well developed blade; inflorescence 5-16 cm long, the axis minutely glandular-hairy, the flowers closely spaced in a single straight row or evident spiral, spreading, urceolate-cylindric, 6-10 mm long, mainly white; lip recurved-deflexed, with a yellow center, shallowly lacerate-fringed around the apex, papillate on the lower surface, the basal callosities 0.7-1.5 mm long, higher than thick
Flowers late August to early September in NJ
Wetland indicator: OBL
The gap between the lateral sepals and the lower surface of the lip in profile has a distinctive half moon shape.
Gleason, Henry A. and A. Cronquist. 1991. Manual of Vascular Plants of
Northeastern United States
and Adjacent Canada. Second Ed.
The New York Botanical Garden. Bronx, NY
Michael Hough © 2018