Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Monocots: Asparagales
Dig deeper at SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria.
You may enjoy reading Orchids of the Francis Marion National Forest by Jim Fowler.
Learn more about Pale Grass-pink from the Vascular Plants of North Carolina.
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JK Marlow jkm0505u_08
May Williamsburg County SC
Flowers typically open one at a time sequentially up the stem, per Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers.
Jim Fowler jafcop_0003b
May-July Berkeley County SC
Francis Marion National Forest
Lateral sepals are curved toward the stem and petals are curved forward, per Wild Orchids of South Carolina: A Popular Natural History.
Richard and Teresa Ware rtw_c_pallidus_palec
Lateral sepals distinctively reflexed backward w their apices behind flower, per Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers.
Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC
Uncommon, a Southeastern Coastal Plain endemic
Look for it in savannas, sandhill seeps, per Weakley's Flora
3 sepals, two lateral and one dorsal
3 petals, the two lateral similar and a third (the lip) enlarged
stamens and pistil fused together into a column
TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!
- Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers p097
- Wildflowers of the Atlantic Southeast p083
- Wildflowers of the Eastern United States p179
- Wild Orchids of South Carolina: A Popular Natural History p020
- Wildflowers of the Sandhills Region p202