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Platanthera nivea (Nuttall) Luer. Subgenus: Blephariglottis. Section: Gymnadeniopsis. Snowy Orchid, Bog-spike. Phen: May-Sep. Hab: Wet pine savannas, acid seepages. Dist: Essentially a Southeastern Coastal Plain endemic, P. nivea ranges from s. NJ and DE (at least formerly) south to FL and west to e. TX and e. AR; disjunct inland in Coffee County, TN (Eastern Highland Rim) and w. SC (in the uppermost Piedmont in the Blue Ridge Escarpment edge).

ID notes: The flowers are so white as to seem illuminated from within.

Origin/Endemic status: Endemic

Syn: = Ar, ETx1, FNA26, K1, K3, K4, Tn, Brown (2002), Luer (1975); = Gymnadeniopsis nivea (Nutt.) Rydb. – S; = Habenaria nivea (Nutt.) Spreng. – C, F, G, GW1, RAB, Tn, Tx, WH3, Correll (1950)

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image of plant© Richard & Teresa Ware | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Richard & Teresa Ware | Original Image ⭷