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Water Spider Orchid        Habenaria repens

The range distribution maps for the Water Spider Orchid are from the Plants Database of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

The Water Spider Orchid is a Florida native plant found throughout the state.  It is a perennial herb that spreads by runners as well as seeds.  It can grow in standing water and moist soil.  Thus, it is found in wet ditches, marshes and along shorelines.

This erect plant grows to a height of 1-2 feet.  The lower half has 3-8 yellow-green leaves that are lance-shaped tapering to a point.  The upper half consists of a tight cluster of small, about 1/2-inch wide, flowers that are whitish-green in color and resemble small spiders.  During the evening and nighttime hours, the flowers emit a very powerful fragrance that attract night-flying moths that feed on nectar of the long spur protruding from the flower.  These flowers bloom throughout the year.

All of the pictures on this page were taken in Deep Creek during the months of June and July.