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Listera smallii

Appalachian Twayblade, Small's Twayblade, Kidneyleaf Twayblade

Scientific Name:

Listera smallii

Genus:

Listera

Species Epithet:

smallii

Common Name:

Appalachian Twayblade, Small's Twayblade, Kidneyleaf Twayblade

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Orchidaceae (Orchid Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

0-1 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White, Pink, Green, Purple, Brown

Light:

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

Soil Moisture:

Wet

Bloom Time:

June, July

Growing Area:

Mountains

Habitat Description:

Shaded swamps, wet slopes, nearly always beneath Rhododendron maximum (Weakley 2015). Uncommon 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

Notes:

A Southern and Central Appalachian endemic (Weakley 2015).

Blooming Plant

image

© David R. McAdoo

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


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