Name that plant contest

Welcome to the “Name That Plant Contest” sponsored by the Georgia Botanical Society

Click here to see the Plants used in 2013 & 2014 and the Contest Winners!

The person who is first, each month, to get all plants correct will receive either a patch or window decal. The person with the most correct answers for the year will win a prize, which may include, but is not limited to, a window decal, patch, a free one-year Georgia Botanical Society Membership, or other prize.


  • Only one guess per person will be allowed.
  • Only scientific names will be accepted (no common names).
  • Older synonyms will be accepted.

This month we are NOT featuring plants that are in the same genus, but we are featuring three plants that are in the same Family! In fact, all of these are in different genera, but are in the ORCHIDACEAE or Orchid Family. Someone asked if you can use books to obtain your answers, yes you can use books, the internet, etc., just please keep this an individual contest, no sharing of answers. Remember, only scientific names will be accepted, no common names. Good luck on your guesses and hope you enjoy this month’s plants!

You must have your answers in by midnight, June 30.

Send your guesses to Richard Ware at:

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June 2015 Plant # 1A June 2015 Plant # 1B Plant #1 (identify to species) – Habitat: Dry to moist forests and woodlands. Jun-Aug.
Range: NB west to ON and MN, south to Panhandle FL, MS, and AR.
June 2015 Plant # 2A June 2015 Plant # 2B Plant #2 (identify to species) – Habitat: Savannas, bogs, especially in open peaty or gravelly situations. Mar-Jun.
Range: NL (Newfoundland) and MB south to s. FL and TX.
June 2015 Plant # 3A June 2015 Plant # 3B Plant #3 (identify to species) – Habitat: Bottomlands, floodplains, moist ravines, nearly always over calcareous rock. Sep-Oct.
Range: Se. VA south to s. FL and west to se. TX; disjunct in TN, and Central and South America.