Wild Florida Photo - Calopogon tuberosus

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Calopogon tuberosus

  var.  tuberosus

TUBEROUS GRASSPINK

COMMON GRASSPINK

Florida native

 

A frequent terrestrial orchid of marshes, swamps, bogs, marl prairies and wet flatwoods throughout much of Florida, although becoming less frequent to the south. The range extends throughout the eastern United States west to Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Iowa and Minnesota and into Canada from Manitoba to Newfoundland.
The flowers typically vary from pale to deep pink in color with a golden crest on the lip. Occasionally plants can be found with white flowers and are called color form albiflorus. As with other grasspinks, the lip is on the upper side of the flower, differentiating the Calopogon genus from other similarly shaped orchids that have the lip on the bottom. Flowering can occur over an extended period from March to August, with only a few flowers open at a time. The plants grow from 25-75 cm (10-30 in.) tall with one to five slender ribbed leaves less than the height of the flowers.
This variety, or subspecies, does not occur in Miami-Dade or Monroe Counties, where it is replaced by C. tuberosus simpsonii.

Grasspink #1 by Paul Rebmann Grasspink #2 by Paul Rebmann

 
Calopogon tuberosus is a member of the Orchidaceae - Orchid family.

Other species of the Calopogon genus in the Wild Florida Photo database:
  View  Calopogon pallidus - PALE GRASS-PINK
  View  Calopogon tuberosus var. simpsonii - SIMPSON'S GRASSPINK
  View  Calopogon multiflorus - MANYFLOWERED GRASSPINK


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