Flora of the Southeastern United States
2022 Edition


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Orthochilus ecristatus (Fernald) Bytebier. Spiked Medusa, Smooth-lipped Eulophia. Phen: Jun-Sep; Jul-Nov. Hab: Mesic pinelands with blackjack oak, other sandhills and dry-mesic to mesic longleaf pinelands, also (southwards) in spodosol wet-mesic pine flatwoods, dry-prairies, and disturbed wet pastures. Dist: Se. NC south to FL, west to LA; West Indies (Cuba).

Origin/Endemic status: Native

Syn: = K4; = Eulophia ecristata – RAB, Correll (1950), Luer (1975); = Pteroglossaspis ecristata – FNA26, K1, WH3, WI, Brown (2002); = Triorchos ecristatus – S; > Eulophia ecristata – K3; > Orthochilus ecristatus – Martos et al (2014); > Pteroglossaspis pottsii – K3

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