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Spiranthes ochroleuca

Yellow Nodding Ladies'-tresses, Ladies' Tresses

Scientific Name:

Spiranthes ochroleuca

Genus:

Spiranthes

Species Epithet:

ochroleuca

Common Name:

Yellow Nodding 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:

Dry

Bloom Time:

September, October

Growing 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.

Leaf Arrangement:

Whorled

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

State Rank:

S1: Critically imperiled (*Key)

Global Rank:

G4 - Apparently Secure (*Key)

State Status:

T: Threatened (*Key)

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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