Galearis spectabilis (L.) Raf.
Showy Orchid, Purple-hooded Orchid, Gay Orchid
Orchidaceae (Orchid Family)
Synonym(s): Galeorchis spectabilis, Orchis spectabilis
USDA Symbol: GASP5
A short stalk rising between 2 large, glossy, green leaves and topped by 2-15 white and pink to deep lavender flowers.
The genus name, Galearis, is derived from the Latin word, galea, which means helmet. It refers to the two pink to purple upper petals which form a hood over the flower. The specific epithet, spectabilis, is from the Latin for remarkable, admirable or showy.
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Bloom InformationBloom Time: Apr , May , Jun
DistributionUSA: AL , AR , CT , DC , DE , GA , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , MS , NC , NE , NH , NJ , NY , OH , OK , PA , RI , SC , TN , VA , VT , WI , WV
Native Distribution: Ontario east to New Brunswick, south to Georgia, west to Louisiana and Oklahoma, and north to Nebraska and Minnesota.
Native Habitat: Rich damp woods and swamp edges.
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Mt. Cuba Center - Hockessin, DE
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Galearis spectabilis in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Galearis spectabilis in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Galearis spectabilis
MetadataRecord Modified: 2014-08-22
Research By: TWC Staff