Habenaria repens Nutt.
Waterspider Bog Orchid, Water-spider Orchid
Orchidaceae (Orchid Family)
Synonym(s): Platanthera repens
USDA Symbol: HARE
Water-spider Orchid is a member of the orchid family (family Orchidaceae). Orchids are perennial herbs with complicated, unusual and often beautiful flowers borne singly or in spikes, racemes, or branched clusters.
This is the largest family of flowering plants in terms of numbers of species, but rarely, if ever, is it dominant. The 600-700 genera and 20,000 species are most abundant in the tropics, where they most frequently grow upon other vegetation. Elsewhere they are usually terrestrial. Vanilla is obtained from the fruits of the tropical genus Vanilla, and many species are grown as beautiful greenhouse novelties. Certain species and hybrids, once very rare and difficult to acquire, are now reproduced in great numbers by cloning. The elaborate flower has highly specialized relationships with pollinators. Pollen is usually held together in masses and in many cases must be properly positioned on the insect for pollination of another flower to occur.
From the Image Gallery
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Green
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
Bloom Notes: Blooms sporadically April to December.
National Wetland Indicator Status
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
Wildflower Center Seed BankLBJWC-1112 Collected 2007-10-05 in Liberty County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Habenaria repens in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Habenaria repens in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Habenaria repens
MetadataRecord Modified: 2014-09-12
Research By: TWC Staff