!Arethusa bulbosa L. 1753

Another View Photos by Joseph Dougherty

Arethusa bulbosa var albescens Photo by Downs Matthews

LATEand EARLY

Flower Size Up to 2" [to 5 cm]

Common Name Dragon's Mouth - Swamp Pink - Bog Rose

Found in North America south to South Carolina in wet acid meadows in mosses as a medium sized, cold growing terrestrial with subterranean corm-like bulbs carrying a single, grass-like, linear-lanceolate leaf that blooms in the late spring and early summer on a terminal, thin, erect,to 16" [40 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence carrying a solitary, fragrant flower and is a water loving terrestrial.

In recent times this orchid has been used as a treatment for toothache.

Synonyms Arethusa bulbosa f albiflora Rand Ex Redfield 1894; Arethusa bulbosa f. subcaerulea E.L.Rand & Redfield 1894

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing good; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 9 1958 drawing ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 28 No 4 1959; AOS Bulletin Vol 33 No 5 1964 photo fide; The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 7 385 - 448 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1975 drawing fide; The Native Orchids of the United States and Canada Luer 1975 drawing/photos fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 47 No 6 1978 photo; Orchid Digest Vol 46 No 6 1982 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 56 No 1 1987 stamp fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 56 No 2 1987 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 60 #4 1991 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 61 No 9 1992 photo fide; Schlechteriana Vol 4 No 1/2 1993 photo fide; Phylogeny and Classification of the Orchid Family Dressler 1993 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 62 No 4 1993 photo fide; Schlechteriana Vol 4 No 4 1993 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 63 No 4 1994 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 65 No 9 1996 photo fide; Wild Orchids Across North America Keenan 1998; Orchid Digest Vol 63 #2 1999 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 68 No 8 1999 photo fide; Manual of Orchids Stewart 2001; Botanica's Orchids Laurel Glen 2002; AOS Bulletin Vol 72 No 4 2003 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 72 No 9 2003 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #3 2016 drawing fide;

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