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Malaxis spicata

Florida Adder's-mouth, Florida Adder's Mouth

Scientific Name:

Malaxis spicata

Genus:

Malaxis

Species Epithet:

spicata

Common Name:

Florida Adder's-mouth, Florida Adder's Mouth

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Orchidaceae (Orchid Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

1-3 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Orange, Yellow, Green

Light:

Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Wet

Bloom Time:

July, August

Growing Area:

Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Maritime swamp forests, calcareous but mucky swamps in the outer Coastal Plain, spring-fed swamps, wet hammocks (Weakley 2015). Rare in NC Coastal Plain.

Leaf Arrangement:

Basal

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:

S1: Critically imperiled (*Key)

Global Rank:

G_?: Uncertain (add status to NOTES section) (*Key)

State Status:

SC-V: Special Concern: Vulnerable (*Key)

Notes:

NC Natural Heritage Program Global Rank: G4?

Plant

image

David McAdoo

Bloom

image

David McAdoo

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


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