White Fringed-Orchid

By William T. Hathaway

White Fringed-Orchid (Habenaria blephariglottis)

Amazingly, the White Fringed-Orchid may be 1-2 ft (30-60 cm) tall. It is found growing in peaty soils, bogs or depressions in savannahs, and pine barrens throughout the coastal plain of North Carolina. This photo was taken in late July at a site within the Green Swamp about a mile west of Supply, North Carolina.

The generic name Habenaria refers to the shape of the lip or spur which is seen on most specimens in this genus. The flabbergasting specific name blephariglottis is derived from Greek and means “fringed-tongue” — a frontal lip-like part present on some orchid flowers.