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 Shadow Witch from the Vascular Plants of North Carolina.
Shadow Witch, Ponthieu's Orchid, Shadow-witch Orchid
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Richard and Teresa Ware rtw_p_racemosasharpen
Flowers borne on long stalks in a well-spaced raceme along the upper stem, per Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers.
Richard and Teresa Ware rtw_ponthieva_racemosa_4
Flowers white with green stripes, positioned horizonatally - "pointing up", per Wild Orchids of South Carolina: A Popular Natural History.
Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC
Mostly basal rosette
White & Greenish
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
Flowers in a raceme
TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!
- Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers p150
- Guide to the Wildflowers of SC p286
- Wildflowers of the Atlantic Southeast p084
- Wild Orchids of South Carolina: A Popular Natural History p158
- Wildflowers of Tennessee p405