Wild Florida Photo - Spiranthes praecox

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Spiranthes praecox

GREENVEIN LADIESTRESSES

GIANT LADIES'-TRESSES

Synonym: Spiranthes sylvatica

Florida native

 

A common terrestrial orchid of wet flatwoods, open wet disturbed sites and marshes. The range extends throughout much of the southeastern Unites States, west into Texas, Okalahoma and Missouri, north into Kentucky, Virginia, Maryland and New Jersey. Not known to occur in Tennessee.
The appressed sepals are distinctive for this species, held tight against the corolla to form a tubular-shaped flower. The corolla is white, 6-9mm (1/4 - 3/8 in.) long and sometimes with green or pale yellow veins. The lower lip has a delicate undulate margin. Ten to 40 flowers are arranged in a spiral that may be dense or loose. Plants are 20-75cm (8 - 30 in.) tall with two to five basal grass-like leaves up to 20cm (8 in.)long and less than 1 cm (4/10 in.) wide. The cauline leaves are mostly clasping and reduced upwards on the stem.

 
Spiranthes praecox is a member of the Orchidaceae - Orchid family.

Other species of the Spiranthes genus in the Wild Florida Photo database:
  View  Spiranthes odorata - FRAGRANT LADIESTRESSES
  View  Spiranthes sylvatica - WOODLAND LADIESTRESSES
  View  Spiranthes eatonii - EATON'S LADIESTRESSES
  View  Spiranthes brevilabris - TEXAS LADIESTRESSES
  View  Spiranthes laciniata - LACELIP LADIESTRESSES
  View  Spiranthes vernalis - SPRING LADIESTRESSES
  View  Spiranthes cernua - NODDING LADIESTRESSES