Spiranthes lacera (Raf.) Raf. - Slender Ladies' Tresses
Family - Orchidaceae
Stems - No info yet.
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Flowering - July - October.
Habitat - Dry upland forests, upper slopes of bluffs, dry upland prairies, old fields, disturbed sites. Mostly on acidic substrates in dry cherty soils.
Origin - Native to U.S.
Other info. - This small species can be found mainly in the southern half of Missouri but is also found in a handful of counties north of the Missouri River. The plant can be identified by its fascicle of tuberous roots, its spirally coiled flowers, and its corollas - which have a green spot in the center of the lip.
Photographs taken in Brown Summit, NC., 8-6-02.