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WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Ponthieva racemosa   FAMILY Orchidaceae


SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Ponthieva racemosa   FAMILY Orchidaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 049-11-001:
Ponthieva racemosa   FAMILY Orchidaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Shadow Witch, Ponthieu's Orchid, Shadow-witch Orchid


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image of Ponthieva racemosa, Shadow Witch, Ponthieu's Orchid, Shadow-witch Orchid

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_p_racemosasharpen

September        

Flowers borne on long stalks in a well-spaced raceme along the upper stem, per Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers.

image of Ponthieva racemosa, Shadow Witch, Ponthieu's Orchid, Shadow-witch Orchid

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_ponthieva_racemosa_4

September        

Flowers white with green stripes, positioned horizonatally - "pointing up", per Wild Orchids of South Carolina: A Popular Natural History.

image of Ponthieva racemosa, Shadow Witch, Ponthieu's Orchid, Shadow-witch Orchid

Jim Fowler    jafpon_000b

October    Berkeley County    SC

Francis Marion National Forest

image of Ponthieva racemosa, Shadow Witch, Ponthieu's Orchid, Shadow-witch Orchid

Jim Fowler    jafpon_000c

October    Berkeley County    SC

Francis Marion National Forest

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Ponthieva racemosa   FAMILY Orchidaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Ponthieva racemosa   FAMILY Orchidaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 049-11-001:
Ponthieva racemosa   FAMILY Orchidaceae

 

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2147

Forb
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Uncommon

Look for it in bottomlands, floodplains, moist ravines, nearly always over calcareous rock ("marl") or coquina limestone, per Weakley's Flora

map
Click here to see a more detailed map from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Herbarium,

or click here to see a map from SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria.

 

LEAVES:
Simple
Mostly basal rosette

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
White & Greenish
Bisexual
Bilaterally symmetrical
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
Inferior ovary

Flowers in a raceme

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Capsule

 

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