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Habenaria repens

Water-spider Orchid, Floating Orchid

Scientific Name:

Habenaria repens

Genus:

Habenaria

Species Epithet:

repens

Common Name:

Water-spider Orchid, Floating Orchid

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Orchidaceae (Orchid Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

0-1 ft., 1-3 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White, Green

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist, Wet

Bloom Time:

April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November

Growing Area:

Mountains, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Blackwater swamps, pools, banks of creeks and rivers (Weakley 2015). Rare in the NC Mountains and Coastal Plain.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

State Rank:

S2: Imperiled (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

State Status:

W1: Watch List: Rare but Relatively Secure (*Key)

Notes:

Semiaquatic.

Blooming Waterway Mat

image

© David R. McAdoo

Blooming Plant

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© David R. McAdoo

Closeup of Blooms

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© David R. McAdoo

Another Close up

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David McAdoo

Old Blooms

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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