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Species, Natural Hybrid Orchid, Leafless Beaked Ladie's Tresses, Sacoila

Sacoila lanceolata

Family: Orchidaceae (or-kid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Sacoila
Species: lanceolata (lan-see-oh-LAY-tuh) (Info)
Additional cultivar information:(natural hybrid)
Synonym:Gyrostachys lanceolata
Synonym:Limodorum lanceolatum
Synonym:Neottia lanceolata
Synonym:Spiranthes lanceolata
Synonym:Stenorrhynchos lanceolatum


Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)


Unknown - Tell us


USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Scarlet (Dark Red)


Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer



Other details:

This plant may be considered a protected species; check before digging or gathering seeds

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Deland, Florida

Orlando, Florida

Saint Petersburg, Florida

Gardeners' Notes:


On Apr 20, 2007, Phylite from Saint Petersburg, FL wrote:

I received this plant three years ago as a seedling in a half gallon pot. I repotted it into a two gallon pot after it lost its last leaf October 06.I used store bought Miracle - Gro Potting Mix, and added about 2 oz, of Dynamite slow release 13-13-13. I planted it to where the crown was just below the surface. Only watered it when it was near hard dry untill growth was evident in early March. 04/20/2007 It is now 18 inches high.I have been watering it twice a week,and using water soluble fertilizer I live in east central Pinellas county near the intersection of U.S.19 and 62nd Ave.N


On Jan 11, 2005, Floridian from Lutz, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

Herbaceous, perennial with large lanceolate or elliptical leaves forming a basal rosette. No leaves are present during flowering. The leaves can be 8 inches long and up to 2 inches wide. It blooms finely pubescent brick red flowers on an upright, fleshy spike 12 to 14 inches tall from April through July.

Its natural habitat is open meadows, pastures and roadsides of peninsular Florida southward trough the West Indies and tropical South America and Mexico

Due to collection and habitat destruction this plant is on the Florida Endangered