Zeuxine strateumatica (L.) Schltr.

Lawn Orchid, Soldier Orchid

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Accepted Synonyms: Adenostylis strateumatica, Orchis strateumatica

Zeuxine strateumatica, commonly known as the Lawn Orchid, is native to Asia but has become naturalized in the southeast U.S. and on the Hawaiian Islands. These plants are dark green when found in shaded habitats but appear reddish-bronze when growing in full sunlight. The narrow leaves are spirally arranged on the stem that terminates in an inflorescence with numerous small white flowers with a bright yellow labellum. Zeuxine strateumatica blooms in late October through April in lawns, shrub borders, roadsides, farm fields, and occasionally hardwood hammocks and pinelands. Plants can even be found in cracks in cement.

The conservation status for Zeuxine strateumatica has not been reported but this orchid occurs over a large geographical area and can be invasive, capable of exploiting a variety of habitats.

Ecosystem Type

Disturbed habitats, floodplains, forests, grassland, meadows, woodlands

Characteristics

Habitat:
terrestrial
Leaf arrangement:
alternate
Number of leaves on stem:
  • five
  • six
  • seven or more
Form of the labellum:
the labellum is not pouch-like
Labellum outline:
the labellum is lobed
Main color of labellum:
yellow
Nectar spur:
absent
Inflorescence type:
the inflorescence is a spike
Labellum characteristics:
  • the labellum is lobed
  • the labellum is saccate
Labellum length:
Up to 4 mm
Sepal length:
4–6 mm
Plant height:
4–25 cm
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Native to North America

No

North American Conservation Status & Distribution

Conservation Status

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Conservation and Wetland Status
Global Rank N/A
US Status N/A
Canadian Status N/A

North America Distribution

Adapted from USDA data