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Plant Details

Spiranthes ochroleuca

Yellow Nodding Ladies'-tresses, Ladies' Tresses

Scientific Name:

Spiranthes ochroleuca

Common Name:

Yellow Nodding Ladies'-tresses, Ladies' Tresses

Plant Family

Orchidaceae (Orchid Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Type:

Herb/Wildflower

Bloom Time:

September - October

Bloom Area:

Mountains

Habitat Description:

Meadows and pastures at moderate to high elevations, up to at least 1500m in elevation. Dry to mesic sites. Rare in NC Mountains.

State Rank:

S1: Critically imperiled (*)

Global Rank:

G4 - Apparently Secure (*)

State Status:

T: Threatened (*)

Federal Status:

No U.S. Status Listed (*)

Notes:

Rare. "Largely northeastern, extending south in the mountains to NC." Weakley Flora 2014

per North American Orchid Conservation Center this plant is capable of agamospermy, bumblebees such as Bombus impatiens, Bombus pesulcanicus and Bombus cagans pollinate the flowers as they forage for nectar.

Bloom

Found in meadows and pastures at mid to high elevations.

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Stem and Leaves

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Flower Closeup

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

North American Orchid Conservation Center
Flora of North America
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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