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Spiranthes ovalis var. erostellata

Oval Ladies'-tresses, Lesser Ladies'-tresses, October Ladies'-tresses, Ladies' Tresses

Scientific Name:

Spiranthes ovalis var. erostellata

Common Name:

Oval Ladies'-tresses, Lesser Ladies'-tresses, October Ladies'-tresses, Ladies' Tresses

Plant Family

Orchidaceae (Orchid Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Type:

Herb/Wildflower

Bloom Time:

August - September - October - November

Bloom Area:

Piedmont, Coast

Habitat Description:

Swamp forests, bottomland forests, hammocks, ravine forests. Uncommon in NC Piedmont and Coastal Plain.

State Rank:

No NC Rank Listed (*)

Global Rank:

No Global Rank listed (*)

State Status:

No NC Status Listed (*)

Federal Status:

No U.S. Status Listed (*)

Notes:

Per North American Orchid Conservation Center "Spiranthes ovalis var. erostellata lacks a rostellum and is self-pollinating. It can be distinguished from S. cernua by its smaller size and its preference for more forested habitats; the absence of a central green or yellow spot on the labellum distinguishes it from S. lacera. It grows in moist, shady woodlands and forests, in thickets, and occasionally along the edges of marshes."

Blooming Plant

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© David R. McAdoo

Closeup of Blooms

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© David R. McAdoo

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

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

Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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