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Spiranthes lucida

Shining Ladies'-tresses, Ladies' Tresses

Scientific Name:

Spiranthes lucida

Genus:

Spiranthes

Species Epithet:

lucida

Common Name:

Shining 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

Soil Moisture:

Moist

Bloom Time:

May, June, July

Growing Area:

Mountains

Habitat Description:

Sunny seepage over amphibolite or other basic rock, moist banks and shores. 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:

G4 - Apparently Secure (*Key)

State Status:

E: Endangered (*Key)

Notes:

Per Weakley, "The species was reported for NC by Fernald (1950) and by Small (1933), but was not treated by RAB; its occurrence in NC was verified in 1992
by its discovery in a seepage area in Ashe County."

Blooms

image

© David R. McAdoo

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

North American Orchid Conservation Center
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Flora of North America


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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