!Galearis spectabilis (L.) Raf. 1833 Photo courtesy of Zachary Bradford

Part shadeCold Springand EARLY Summer

Common Name The Showy Galearis

Flower Size about 1" [2.5 cm]

A cold growing species from eastern Canada to Iowa and Arkansas and then south to Georgia and Alabama with two leaves and blooms in the spring and early summer on a terminal, erect, to 4" [10 cm] long, racemose, several [1 to 15] flowered inflorescence with leaf-like floral bracts.

SynonymsGalearis biflora Raf. 1833; Galearis spectabilis (L.) Raf. 1833; Galearis spectabilis f. albiflora (Ulke) C.F.Reed 1987; Galearis spectabilis f. gordinieri (House) R.E.Whiting & Catling 1982; Galearis spectabilis f. willeyi (F.Seym.) P.M.Br. 1988; Galeorchis spectabilis f. gordinieri House 1923; Habenaria spectabilis (L.) Spreng. 1826; Orchis humilis Michx. 183?; Orchis spectabilis L. 1753; Orchis spectabilis f. albiflora Ulke 1938; Orchis spectabilis f. gordinieri Weath. 1931; Orchis spectabilis f. willeyi F.Seym. 1970; Orchis spectabilis var. lilacina Ames 1901

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as Orchis spectabilis; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as Orchis spectabilis drawing good; AOS Bulletin Vol 33 No 5 1964 photo as Orchid spectabilis; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as Orchis spectabilis; AOS Bulletin Vol 53 No 5 1984 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 60 No 6/536 1991 photo; Schlechteriana Vol 4 No 4 1993; Phylogeny and Classification of the Orchid Family Dressler 1993 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 66 No 5 1997 photo; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 2 Part One Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2001 photo/drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 71 No 6 2002 photo ;

Galearis spectabilis f. albiflora (Ulke) C.F.Reed 1987 Photo courtesy of Zachary Bradford