23 August 2012 – Northern Slender Lady’s Tresses Orchid – Spiranthes lacera

23 August 2012 Botany Bill Plant Profile

Today, I revisited the site where I found some Northern Slender Lady’s Tresses Orchid (Spiranthes lacera (Raf.) Raf. var. gracilis (Bigelow) Luer.) two years ago. I visited the site last year but there were no flowers blooming. However, this year I found numerous individuals in full bloom. This is a small delicate orchid. Its flowers are arranged the top of the stem in a spiral shape; thus the genus name of Spiranthes. In the spring the plants produce basal leaves which wither by the time they bloom in late summer.

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