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Sunday, October 10, 2010

Plant of the week: Ladies'- tresses species

 Ladies'-tresses (Spiranthes) are orchids found in the family Orchidaceae. The pictures here I took in a pine flatwoods and there were probably 30 of them! I am not 100% if they are southern ladies'-tresses (Spiranthes torta) or lacelip ladies'-tresses (Spiranthes laciniata). To me, they are similar in appearance. The southern species is listed as endangered at the state level while the lacelip species is listed as threatened.

Sorry I haven't posted more information! 


  1. Anybody who is an orchid lover or specialist please feel free to supplement this! I am just starting to learn about orchids.

  2. This looks like S. laciniata to me, which I have photographed near the CREW trails. Of course, this was in June...was yours a recent photograph or one taken earlier in the year (spring-summer)?

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