Triphora amazonica Schltr.

Broad Leaved Noddingcaps

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Accepted Synonym: Triphora latifolia

Triphora amazonica, commonly known as Broad Leaved Noddingcaps, is found in the West Indies, Central America, Brazil, and two sites in Florida. This plant produces 2-4 leaves that are green to yellow-green in color and are reniform in shape. The inflorescence is a solitary white flower with a three-lobed white lip. Initially the solitary bud hangs perpendicularly as it develops but becomes erect just before opening. Each flower is approximately 1 cm in length and width. This is one of the smallest species of Triphora found in the United States with an overall height of just 4-9 cm. Triphora amazonica blooms in July through September in deciduous damp woodlands where it prefers rich moist soil.

The global conservation status for Triphora amazonica has not been determined but this orchid is considered endangered in Florida.


Pollinator information for this orchid has not been reported but this orchid is likely pollinated by small bees.

Ecosystem Type

Forests, shrublands or thickets, woodlands


Leaf arrangement:
Number of leaves on stem:
  • two
  • three
  • four
Form of the labellum:
the labellum is not pouch-like
Labellum outline:
the labellum is lobed
Main color of labellum:
Inflorescence type:
the inflorescence has one flower or a pair of flowers
Labellum characteristics:
the labellum is lobed
Labellum length:
8–9 mm
Plant height:
4–9 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 N/A
US Status N/A
Canadian Status N/A

North America Distribution

Adapted from USDA data