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Isotria medeoloides

Small Whorled Pogonia, Little Five-leaves

Scientific Name:

Isotria medeoloides

Genus:

Isotria

Species Epithet:

medeoloides

Common Name:

Small Whorled Pogonia, Little Five-leaves

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Orchidaceae (Orchid Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

0-1 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Yellow, Green

Light:

Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day, Less than 2 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist

Bloom Time:

May, June

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Acidic mesic to dry-mesic forests, in the mountains and upper Piedmont usually with Pinus strobus (Weakley 2015). Rare throughout NC.

Leaf Arrangement:

Whorled

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Not Assigned

Landscape Value:

Not Recommended for home landscapes

State Rank:

S1: Critically imperiled (*Key)

Global Rank:

G_?: Uncertain (add status to NOTES section) (*Key)

State Status:

T: Threatened (*Key)

Federal Status:

T - Threatened (*Key)

Blooming Plant

image

© David R. McAdoo

Double Flower

image

© David R. McAdoo

Close up

image

David McAdoo

Plant with old seed pods

image

David McAdoo

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

Rare throughout the state, this species is listed by by the NC Natural Heritage Program as Threatened; it is also a Federally Threatened plant. Global Rank: G2?


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