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Listera cordata var. cordata

Heartleaf Twayblade, Lesser Twayblade

Scientific Name:

Listera cordata var. cordata

Genus:

Listera

Species Epithet:

cordata

Common Name:

Heartleaf Twayblade, Lesser Twayblade

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Orchidaceae (Orchid Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

0-1 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Red, Yellow, Green, Purple

Light:

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

Soil Moisture:

Moist

Bloom Time:

June, July

Growing Area:

Mountains

Habitat Description:

Northern hardwood and spruce-fir forests (Weakley 2015). Rare in NC Mountains.

Leaf Arrangement:

Opposite

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

No known wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Not Recommended for home landscapes

State Rank:

SH: Historical (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure, G_T_: Subspecies or Variety Rank (add status to NOTES section) (*Key)

State Status:

W3: Watch List: Rare but Questionable Documentation (*Key)

Notes:

"Var. cordata is widespread in ne. United States and Canada; south in North America to NC (at least formerly, not seen in this century)" (Weakley 2015).
NC Natural Heritage Program Global Rank: G5T5

Blooming Plants

image

© David R. McAdoo

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


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