Calopogon barbatus (Walter) Ames 1908 Photo courtesy of Prem Subrahmanyam.

LATE to EARLY

Common Name The Bearded Calopogon - Bearded Grass Pink

Flower Size 1 1/4" Across [3.15 cm]

Found as a cold growing, smaller terrestrial in the southeastern USA with a subterranean corm giving rise to narrowly linear, long-acuminate leaves that blooms in the late winter and early spring on a basal, 1 1/2' [45 cm] long, subcapitate, slender, erect to arching, few to several, successive flowered inflorescence.

This species flowers a month or so before C. pallidus and tuberosus and the flowers are a miniature version as well as the plant.

Synonyms Calopogon barbatus f. albiflorus P.M. Br. 2003; Calopogon barbatus f. lilacinus P.M.Br. 2003; Calopogon graminifolius Ell. ex Weatherby & Griscom 1934; Calopogon parviflorus Lindl. 1840; Calopogon parviflorus Raf. 1832; Calopogon pulchellus var graminifloilus Ell. 1824; Limodorum barbatum (Walter) Lam. 1792; Limodorum graminifolium Small 1938; Limodorum parviflorum (Lindl.) Nash 1895; *Ophrys barbata Walter 1788

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; Wild Orchids of Florida Brown 2002; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; The Native Orchids of Florida Luer 1972; Drawings of Florida Orchids Ames 1959; Wild Orchids Across North America Keenan 1998; Field Guide to the Orchids of North America Williams & Williams 1983; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 no 1 2008 photo

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