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Spiranthes sylvatica

Woodland Ladies'-tresses, Pale Green Ladies'-tresses, Ladies' Tresses

Scientific Name:

Spiranthes sylvatica

Genus:

Spiranthes

Species Epithet:

sylvatica

Common Name:

Woodland Ladies'-tresses, Pale Green 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, Green, Brown

Light:

Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day, Less than 2 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry, Moist

Bloom Time:

March, April, May

Growing Area:

Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Live oak hammocks, interdune swales, rich dry forest, other woodlands. Rare in NC Coastal Plain.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

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

Notes:

no information listed in Flora of North America or USDA Plant Database. According to the North American Orchid Conservation Center " Once considered a variation of the closely-related Spiranthes praecox, this orchid has recently been described as a new species."

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

North American Orchid Conservation Center


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