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Spiranthes eatonii

Eaton's Ladies'-tresses, Ladies' Tresses

Scientific Name:

Spiranthes eatonii

Genus:

Spiranthes

Species Epithet:

eatonii

Common Name:

Eaton's Ladies'-tresses, Ladies' Tresses

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Orchidaceae (Orchid Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

0-1 ft., 1-3 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry, Moist

Bloom Time:

Feb, March, April, May

Growing Area:

Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Pine savannas, dry to moist pine flatwoods. Uncommon in NC Coastal Plain.

Leaf Arrangement:

Basal

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

No known wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

State Rank:

S2: Imperiled (*Key)

Global Rank:

G2 - Imperiled, G4 - Apparently Secure (*Key)

State Status:

E: Endangered (*Key)

Notes:

Per Weakley Apparently previously confused with S. lacera, S. floridana, S. brevilabris, and S. tuberosa, but distinctive in the combination of spring blooming season, white flowers, and basal, narrowly oblanceolate leaves

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

Flora of North America
North American Orchid Conservation Center


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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