Cleistesiopsis divaricata (L.) Pansarin & F. Barros

Rosebud Orchid

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Accepted Synonyms: Cleistes divaricata

Cleistesiopsis divaricata, commonly called Rosebud Orchid, is found throughout the southeastern United States, from New Jersey south to Florida and across the Gulf Coast to Texas. This orchid's petals and labellum separate only near the apex, resulting in the flower's distinctive tube-like shape. The labellum has purple to pink venation, and the olive-green or maroon sepals spread away from the flower. This orchid grows in acid soils of wet meadows and pine-dominated savannas on the coastal plain.

Cleistesiopsis divaricata is apparently secure and locally abundant in some states but may be rare in others with populations that fluctuate greatly from year to year.


Bees, such as Bombus pensylvanicus are attracted to the bright yellow crest on the labellum which mimics pollen. As it enters the flower, a sticky fluid is smeared on the bee’s head and thorax. When it backs out of the flower, granular pollen sticks to this fluid and can be transferred to the stigma of the next flower the bee visits. While the bees may be lured to the flower by deceit, pollen may be actively harvested and transferred from flower to flower and also brought back to the hive.

Ecosystem Type

Bogs, floodplains, marshes, meadows, woodlands


Leaf arrangement:
  • alternate
  • stem
Number of leaves on stem:
  • one
  • two
Form of the labellum:
the labellum is not pouch-like
Labellum outline:
the labellum is fringed
Main color of labellum:
  • pink to red
  • white
Nectar spur:
Inflorescence type:
the inflorescence has one flower or a pair of flowers
Labellum characteristics:
the labellum is lobed
Labellum length:
26–56 mm
Sepal length:
30–70 mm
Plant height:
15–80 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