Pelexia adnata Poit. ex Rich.

Glandular Ladies' Tresses, Hachuela

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Accepted Synonyms: Neottia adnaria, Spiranthes adnata

Pelexia adnata, commonly known as Glandular Ladies' Tresses, occurs in Miami-Dade and Collier counties in Florida and is widely distributed throughout the West Indies, Mexico, Central America, and northern South America. This orchid produces 2-7 dark green leaves with distinctive splashes of silver. In June, it bears a pubescent inflorescence of 2-20 flowers with green petals, white sepals, and a white lip with yellowish throat. This plant can be found growing in hardwood hammocks. In 2004, only one population was found in Fakahatchee Swamp in Collier County.

Pelexia adnata is considered globally secure because of its widespread distribution but is rare and endangered in Florida.


Pollinator information for this orchid has not been reported.

Ecosystem Type

Forests, swamps, woodlands


Leaf arrangement:
Number of leaves on stem:
  • two
  • three
  • four
  • five
  • six
  • seven or more
Form of the labellum:
the labellum is pouch-like
Labellum outline:
the labellum is lobed
Main color of labellum:
  • white
  • yellow
Nectar spur:
Inflorescence type:
the inflorescence is a spike
Labellum characteristics:
the labellum is lobed
Labellum length:
5–6 mm
Sepal length:
5–6 mm
Plant height:
Up to 70 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 Secure
US Status N/A
Canadian Status N/A

North America Distribution

Adapted from USDA data