(Nuttall) Torrey

Gen. N. Amer. Pl. 2: 197. 1818.

Common names: Putty-root Adam-and-Eve aplectrum d’hiver
Etymology: Greek a, without, and plectron, spur
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 26. Treatment on page 632. Mentioned on page 495, 497.

Herbs, perennial. Roots in fascicles at base of pseudobulb, slender, fibrous. Corms connected by slender rhizomes. Stems scapes, cormose. Leaves produced in late summer–fall, withering in spring, solitary, borne at distal end of corm, plicate. Inflorescences solitary, lax racemes from lateral nodes on corm; floral bracts inconspicuous; cauline bracts sheathing, large. Flowers several, resupinate; sepals to 15 mm; lip 3-lobed, with 3 parallel lamellae; column compressed; pollinarium 1; pollinea 4, attached to viscidium by short stipe; stigma deeply concave. Fruits capsules, pendent, straight, 7 mm.


e North America, e Asia (Japan).


Species 2 (1 in the flora).

Selected References


Lower Taxa

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Charles J. Sheviak +  and Paul M. Catling +
(Nuttall) Torrey +
Putty-root +, Adam-and-Eve +  and aplectrum d’hiver +
e North America +  and e Asia (Japan). +
Greek a, without, and plectron, spur +
Gen. N. Amer. Pl. +
Aplectrum +
Orchidaceae (tribe Cymbidieae) subtribe Corallorhizinae +