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Cleistes divaricata (Rosebud orchid)
Cressler, Alan

Cleistes divaricata

Cleistes divaricata (L.) Ames

Rosebud Orchid

Orchidaceae (Orchid Family)

Synonym(s): Pogonia divaricata


USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

A long stalk topped by 1 flower with very long, narrow, spreading, brownish or purplish-green sepals and pink petals.

This orchid, the only species in this genus, is related to the genus Pogonia. Although it can occupy either wet or dry sites, it apparently requires a habitat with very acidic soil.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Complexity: Simple

Bloom Information

Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul


USA: DE , FL , GA , MD , NC , NJ , SC , VA , WV
Native Distribution: North Carolina (rarely southern New Jersey) south to Florida.
Native Habitat: Wet to dry grasslands, pine barrens, and thickets.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Crosby Arboretum - Picayune, MS

Additional resources

USDA: Find Cleistes divaricata in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Cleistes divaricata in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Cleistes divaricata


Record Modified: 2015-09-14
Research By: TWC Staff

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