Beloglottis costaricensis (Rchb.f.) Schltr.

Costa Rican Ladies' Tresses

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Accepted Synonyms: Beloglottis bicaudata, Spiranthes costaricensis

Beloglottis costaricensis, commonly called Costa Rican Ladies' Tresses, is distributed in the West Indies, Central America and extends into South Florida. This orchid produces 4-5 basal ovate leaves which may wither at the time of flowering. The slender inflorescence has 8 to 40 small, white flowers with green striping. It blooms in January through April growing in the humus that accumulates in depressions in hardwood hammocks. This orchid was first reported in Florida in 1953 and remains isolated to the Everglades National Park.

Beloglottis costaricensis is considered globally secure because of its sporadic and widespread distribution across tropical America. However, it is endangered in Florida, where small populations occur in Everglades National Park.

Ecosystem Type

Forests, woodlands


Leaf arrangement:
Number of leaves on stem:
Form of the labellum:
the labellum is not pouch-like
Labellum outline:
the labellum is lobed
Main color of labellum:
  • green to brown
  • white
Nectar spur:
Inflorescence type:
the inflorescence is a spike
Labellum characteristics:
the labellum is lobed
Labellum length:
4–5 mm
Sepal length:
5 mm
Plant height:
Up to 30 cm
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Native to North America


North American Conservation Status & Distribution

Conservation Status

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

North America Distribution

Adapted from USDA data