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Spiranthes lacera var. lacera

Northern Slender Ladies'-tresses, Ladies' Tresses

Scientific Name:

Spiranthes lacera var. lacera

Genus:

Spiranthes

Species Epithet:

lacera var. lacera

Common Name:

Northern Slender Ladies'-tresses, Ladies' Tresses

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Orchidaceae (Orchid Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

1-3 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White, Yellow, Green

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist, Wet

Bloom Time:

July, August, September

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Clearings, openings. Rare in NC Mountains.

Leaf Arrangement:

Basal

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

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:

S1: Critically imperiled (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure, G_T_: Subspecies or Variety Rank (add status to NOTES section) (*Key)

State Status:

E: Endangered (*Key)

Notes:

Global rank for this species G5T5. Listed on USDA Site wetlands status FACU - Facultative upland, nonhydrophyte usually occurs in non-wetlands but may occur in wetlands

Per Weakley, the occurrence of this species in NC is document by a specimen at DUKE, Collected at 5200 feet elevation on Tusquitee Bald.

USDA lists in Cherokee, Gotham Clay, Macon, Jackson, Haywood, Transylvania, Henderson, Polk, Yancey, Burke, Watauga, Ashe, Davie, Gulford, Randolph, Harnett, Johnston, Orange, Durham, Warren, Bernie, Washington, Beaufort, Terrell and Pamlico Counties in North Carolina.

Buds

image

David McAdoo

Blooms

image

David McAdoo

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

BeeGreenGardens
North American Orchid Conservation Center
Flora of North America


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