Water-spider orchid – Habenaria repens
The water-spider orchid is a true orchid. It is native and grows throughout Florida. It is also listed as a threatened plant by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Water-spider orchid occurs on marshy shores, and is sometimes found in floating mats of vegetation. It flowers through much of the year. The water-spider orchid is a perennial herb that spreads by runners as well as seeds. It is erect and grows to 1 or 2 feet tall. Its leaves are thick and succulent: 2 to 9 inches long, and up to an inch wide. The leaves are narrowly lance-shaped, tapering to a narrow point. The most conspicuous feature of the water-spider orchid is its stalk of flowers that occurs at the top of the plant. This stalk, called a racine, is several inches long. The small flowers are pale green and one-half to three-quarters of an inch across. The petals are deeply divided and narrow, making the flowers somewhat resemble small green spiders. Water-spider orchid is a native orchid. It has thick, succulent leaves. A long flower stalk occurs at the top of the plant. The flowers are green and spidery looking.
View the herbarium specimen image from the University of Florida Herbarium Digital Imaging Projects.